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
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”
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