Keys to Close Reading

Professional Development Offering

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Literacy standards emphasize the use of challenging text at all grade levels and for students to apply close reading skills. Close reading means figuring out what a text says by thinking critically about the words and ideas in the text. It is sometimes described as deep reading, reading like a detective, or dissecting the text. Most students need explicit instruction for how to read text closely, and educators can provide this instruction by planning and conducting close reading lessons.  During this professional development, teachers learn how to develop student close reading skills and how to plan and conduct a close reading lesson.

Close Reading professional development addresses these topics and skills:

  • Definition of close reading and related literacy standards
  • Characteristics of a close reading lesson
  • Planning a close reading text: select sample text, analyze text complexity, generate questions, plan the think aloud
  • Generating text-dependent questions
  • Stages of a close-reading lesson
  • Developing related writing tasks
  • Supports and scaffolds for struggling readers

Participants view videos of classroom close reading lessons and have an opportunity to prepare a text selection for a close reading lesson.

Who Should Participate

Grades 2-5 elementary teachers, grades 6-12 content classroom teachers and educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches.

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We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the impact on our employees and the schools where we provide professional development.

During this time period when onsite, face-to-face training and coaching is not possible, we offer multiple options for accessing our literacy PD content and instructional practices.

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