October 22, 2014

Close Reading (Blog Digest)

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“Close Reading” is a buzz word surfaced with the Common Core State Standards.  This term has educators at all levels wondering what it means and what it will mean for teaching and learning. Since the adoption of the standards, Close Reading has found many definitions, by many different people, including experts of all strips.  This collection of posts reflects the journey that led to our understanding that “close reading” is about uncovering text’s nuances for the purposes of achieving new insight.

Defining Close Reading
In this post, we work to define the term “close reading” based upon our own close readings of the Common Core Standards and our understanding of what it is asking of educators.

Poetry and the Reading Standards
In this post, we practice a close read using Robert Frost’s Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Know-It-All
Another post where we explore the notion of a “close read.”   Our conclusion: sometimes we trade off close reading for connections, thereby missing the author’s point.

Text, Context, and the Stanley Cup
In this post, we continue our exploration of non-traditional texts by looking at the way in which coaches examine game tapes.  No matter the text or context, close reading aims to scrutinize and analyze to achieve new understandings.

Shorts
This post looks at the advantages of using short, complex texts to support developing reading stamina and proficiency in more difficult material.

Should Illustrations be Removed for Close Reads of Picture Books?
As educators work to comply with the shifts of the Common Core, there is much confusion about how best to go about implementing them.  One misconception we’ve heard was that text-based answers are based on written text only.  In this post, we explore the opportunities of reading with the illustrations.

3 Criteria for Selecting Text for Close Reads
In this post, we provide readers three questions to ask when selecting texts for close reads that will help them meet the expectations for reading more complex texts.

Selecting Texts for Close Reads: What Engaging Problems Will Students Get to Solve?
In this post, we walk readers through the process of reading closely using the illustrations of Tough Boris by Mem Fox.

What Geico Can Teach Us About Close Reads (Part 1)
In this post, we look again at nontraditional texts. We invite teachers and students to watch a Geico commercial and connect it both to reading and speaking and listening standards.

What Geico Can Teach Us About Close Reads (Part 2)
In part two of this series, we look again at using a commercial to engage students in closely reading “text”.

Close Readings and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
This post looks closely at Winslow Homer’s GULF STREAM and considers how “reading” this text invites students to think deeply

Thinking Outside of the Book: What Can You Read Closely?
In this post, we begin crafting a list of “non-traditional texts” and invite readers to weigh in with other ideas that fit this category.

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