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Episode 30: Rocking Your Close Reading

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‘Close Reading’ has been used as an educational “buzzword” for the past few years but the Common Core Standards don’t do a very good job of explaining exactly what close reading is.

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In this episode, I share some tips and strategies for rocking your close reading instruction!

The technical definition according to Timothy Shanahan is:

“an intensive analysis of a text in order to come to terms with what it says, how it says it, and what it means.” 

Timothy Shanahan

Let’s break that down. A close reading is a three step process. 

  1. Read and comprehend the text. 
  2. Reread and understand the style and structure of the text. 
  3. Reread again and analyze the text for theme, central idea, and other fun literary terms! 

So, a close reading is what we do whenever we read a text and pull everything we can out of it. Simple. Easy. 

You probably do this weekly if not daily. But are your close readings rocking the socks off your students? Do you want them to? 

Follow these tips to rocking your close reading and your students will be begging for another piece of text.

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Resources Mentioned

Blog Post: Rocking Your Close Reading
Differentiated Close Reading 2nd-4th Grade
First Grade Close Reading
Reading Response Sheets

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