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The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me FInd More

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The concept of “close reading” has been getting more and more attention lately as the Common Core Standards are being implement.

As Dr. Douglas Fisher explains:

Close reading isn’t in the Common Core State Standards. However, an analysis of the Common Core State Standards really says you’ve got to learn the text well. The Common Core State Standards require that students provide evidence and justification for their answers. The only way we know how students can do this – that they really learn to provide evidence and justification – is if they closely read.

You’ll find a number of related resources in other posts, but I thought it would be useful to start a compilation specifically related to this “close reading” concept. And I hope you’ll contribute more.

Here are some previously published posts that might be useful:

My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them

The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea

The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading

How Reading Strategies Can Increase Student Engagement

Quote Of The Day: “Reading Is About More Than ‘Evidence’”

Here are my choices for The Best Resources On “Close Reading”:

Closing in on Close Reading is from Educational Leadership.

Close Reading and the CCSS, Part 1 is a video and transcript of Dr. Douglas Fisher. Here’s Part Two.

How Do We Teach Close Reading? is from Teacher 2 Teacher Help.

Common Core – Close Reading is a Pinterest Board from Chelsea Higgins.

What, exactly, is close reading of the text? is by Grant Wiggins.

Tools for Teaching: Developing Active Readers is from Edutopia.

Here’s a sample chapter from Notice and Note, the great book by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst.

Grant Wiggins has written a very thorough and helpful post on the topic.

Does Background Knowledge Matter to Reading Comprehension? by Russ Walsh.

Here are some Close Reading sample lessons from Achieve The Core. Thanks to Rita Platt for the tip.

Turning Down the Volume on Assumptions: Lessons about Close Reading is from Burkins & Yaris.

Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading is from The New York Times Learning Network, and shares a reading strategy that I think would be particularly useful to ELLs.

Quote Of The Day: “Close Reading and Far-Reaching Classroom Discussion”

Teach Kids to Build Their Own Prior Knowledge is by Laura Robb and appears in Middleweb.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Common Core: A critical reading of “close reading” is from Rethinking Schools.

Close Reading Blog-a-thon Contributing Educators

Here’s a sample chapter from Falling in Love with Close Reading.

Just used Piktochart to make an Infographic about the Close R... on Twitpic

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the useful list Larry.
    The Notice and Note gang have a useful Facebook page.
    One of my favourite reads at the moment is Vicki Vinton’s blog: http://tomakeaprairie.wordpress.com
    Cheers
    Brette
    @brettelockyer

  2. Great list – thank you for sharing! There are also close reading resources on CommonCore.com:

    Expert webinar recording: Close Reading Skills
    bit.ly/ccclinics

    Common Core Blog: Close reading tips
    bit.ly/cccomblog

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