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Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

June 7, 2017

How to Effectively Teach Close Reading Like a Rockstar

How often have you asked your students to go back and reread to create a deeper understanding of the text?

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January 30, 2017

Printable Reading Activities for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, coming up in February, I wanted to highlight seven previous posts and printables that you may want to try with your students.

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November 14, 2016

Close Reading Lesson Plan: Sleepless Beauty by Frances Minters, Grades 3+

Writing curriculum has always come very natural and easy to me. I actually really enjoy doing it. My passion for writing lessons and units is no secret amongst my colleagues, so I am often asked for suggestions and guidance from my various grade level partners. Over the years, I have noticed one type of lesson plan teachers seem to struggle the most with writing are 'close reading' lessons. To support teachers in close reading instruction, I make an effort to share printable four-day lesson plans that are engaging for students.  If you've missed any of my past lessons, click here

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October 13, 2016

Teaching Character Analysis with a Close Reading Lesson, Grades 1–3

If you have been reading my posts throughout the month you know I have been sharing ideas for teaching character analysis: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3. Today I am giving you my close reading lesson plans focusing on RL 3.3, using chapter one, Pudding Like a Night on the Sea, from The Stories Julian Tells, by Ann Cameron.

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September 29, 2016

Halloween Reading Comprehension Worksheets and Close Reading Lesson

Pumpkins are popping up everywhere... cobwebs are crawling across porches... and stores have isles stocked with spooky masks. Fall is here and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Add some spooktacular elements to your classroom curriculum with my free halloween reading comprehension worksheets, book suggestions, and close reading lesson plan.

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October 20, 2015

Close Reading Lesson Plan Template of Henry Aaron's Dream, Grades 3–5

The Common Core State Standards require students to look closely at a text to develop in-depth understanding of the material presented by the author. Over the past two years, I have been writing close reading plans to use with my students, and I have had great success. I find the key is to select well-written texts that are about topics of high interest to children. The “interest” factor is important, because with close reading the students read the text multiple times. To keep students engaged after several readings of the same text, it has to be about something that interests them. During baseball season, and especially in October during Major League Baseball's playoffs and World Series, I have used several of Matt Tavares's baseball biographies with my students. Kids really enjoy these books and so do I! I highly recommend his books. Today I am sharing a close reading plan template for Henry Aaron's Dream by Matt Tavares.

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