Here at Teaching Channel we try to stay on top of your most pressing questions. One way we discover what you’re curious about is by looking at the topics most often searched on our site. One topic that continues to bubble to the surface is “close reading.” Whether it’s clarification or affirmation teachers are searching for, there’s no doubt that most of you are encountering this in your professional learning. In case this is a new or unfamiliar term for you, let me take a moment to break down close reading:
When students close read they do more than react to or summarize a text. Instead, they zoom in on significant passages and unpack the text by looking at how facets, such as specific word choice, metaphor, or cause-effect relationships influence meaning. It’s important to remember that close reading is one very important way that we come to understand the larger meanings in a text, but doing this exercise out of context or in isolation with other reading strategies won’t fully develop self-sufficient readers.
The videos this week come from the compressed lessons taught by some teachers at this year’s Education Nation. Even though these videos don’t take place inside a specific classroom, the teachers in these videos are illuminating how close reading is an important approach to developing readers.
Elementary School | ELA | Literacy | CCSS (Downloads) You’ll enjoy how Ms. Stabrowski gives us a variety of ways to help readers interact with non-fiction, especially as they learn to annotate the text in order to hold and concentrate their understanding.
High School | History | Literacy | CCSS (Downloads) You’ll love the way Ms. Thiebes uses both artwork and a clever strategy called the “Fab Five” to help readers focus in on key words that illuminate the rest of the text.
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