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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

November 30, 2017

Holiday Close Reading Lessons

The holidays can be a challenging time to keep students focused. They are usually thinking about anything other than school. This is why I embrace the holidays and bring them into my instruction. Using holiday-inspired texts keep my students engaged and motivated to keep learning. In this post I will share how I will use text-dependent questions with a few favorite holiday songs and poems. The corresponding downloads are purposeful and filled with holiday fun that your students are sure to love!

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CL Close Reading Lessons

November 28, 2017

Winter Holidays Around the World– Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

Early in my teaching career, I taught third grade in Maryland for two years. The teachers I taught with were fantastic! In those two short years I received many great ideas that I use to this very day. One favorite team activity I got from my Maryland colleagues is the "Winter Holidays Around the World" lesson plans rotation.

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November 21, 2017

10 Ways Teachers/Principals Can Celebrate Student Success

Most education professionals would agree that the job of “teacher” includes many other roles and responsibilities in addition to that of “instructor.” We are motivators, facilitators, listeners, peace-makers, organizers, managers, planners, data collectors, learners, visionaries, and so on. The list goes on, but in today's post I would like to focus on the role of “motivator" and how teachers and principals can motivate students by celebrating their achievements!

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November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension Lesson Guide– Milly and the Macy's Parade

If you have visited my blog before you know that I try to incorporate my students' current interests into my lesson plans. I believe students learn best and retain the information being taught when they are engaged in the content being studied. Working with elementary school level students, I find that it is always a hit when I tie in the holiday of the month into my lessons.

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November 8, 2017

Annotating Text Strategies That Will Enhance Close Reading

One of the most important skills I teach my students as we begin to work on close reading is how to annotate texts. Teaching annotation strategies will help students keep track of key ideas while reading.

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CL Close Reading Lessons

October 26, 2017

How Self-monitoring Strategies Support Students When Reading Closely

One of the greatest gifts a reading teacher can give their students is the ability to read and comprehend a challenging text independently. It can be a major turning point in a reader's life when they move from understanding a difficult book with support to realizing, “I can do this without support.”

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Annotating a text helps students identify questions, confusing language, and important ideas or words that support their deepened understanding. As they keep track of their thinking, students will make connections with what they are reading.  Help students learn how to annotate a text and master this close reading element with the Annotating a Text Practice Sheet.

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