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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

January 9, 2018

Model Close Reading Annotation Using "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year in January, I take time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with students by: reading about his life, listening to his speeches, and discussing his message. I am always amazed after teaching about MLK for over 18 years, that I still learn something new or that I am inspired in some new way by his words. Today I am sharing with you how I work on the critical close reading concept of annotating a text using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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December 19, 2017

The Purposes for Multiple Reads in Close Reading Lessons

Having your students do multiple reads of a text (that is, re-reading more closely with a specific purpose for each read) is an excellent way to deepen their understanding of the meaning of text!

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CL Close Reading Lessons

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 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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July 21, 2014

Welcome to the Core Literacy Blog

Welcome to my blog! I'm Erin Lynch, and I have been teaching for the past 15 years. These last 7 years, I have been the literacy specialist in my school with a focus on grades 3-5. Previously, I was a classroom teacher in grades 1-4, and had the opportunity to loop my first grade students into second grade. These students were my flower girls and boys when I got married, so being able to spend an extra year with them was a wonderful experience both personally and academically. Currently, I also serve as my school's learning facilitator.

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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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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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