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December 6, 2014
This Week: Close Reading
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To engage students in more thoughtful reading, T.J. Hanify has his students track their responses to texts. See how he does it.
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See how David Olio’s students work together to examine and analyze text — asking probing questions, taking notes on partner responses, and following up.
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Get ideas for how you can teach students to use the close-reading habits they apply to literature when they look at art.
Sarah's Notes

This week, I want to share with you my recipe for great literary discussions. It requires three students, three authors, and one provocateur. I use role playing to help facilitate a more rigorous discussion and encourage students to take risks. I hope you’ll watch and think about how you can create a pinwheel discussion in your class. Enjoy!

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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