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One-Day Workshop:
Fall in Love with Close Reading

Presented by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts

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Close reading is more than text-dependent questions! Spend an engaging and thought-provoking day with Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts, who will support you with practical methods for teaching the skills of deep analytical reading in ways that enchant students and transfer to their independent work.

You will study methods of facilitating thoughtful conversations about texts that make student learning visible and provide ongoing opportunities for using this authentic assessment in your reading instruction. Chris and Kate will help you think practically about the role of text-complexity in your classroom and parse out reading achievement fact from fiction. You will learn structures that lead to independent close reading habits and avoid the common classroom pitfall of students superficially reading and rereading. Ultimately, you will consider ways of broadening this study beyond texts, seeing how reading anything closely—from popular music to conversations with friends—can be eye-opening and empowering.

This workshop will draw on research and classroom practice from their latest Heinemann book, Falling In Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts—and Life. Their fun, witty, and interactive teaching style will leave you feeling confident to support students as they develop big ideas about narratives, nonfiction texts, and media.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what close reading is and is not. Understand the role of close reading historically, what our state standards say (and don't say) about the practice, and what this means for your instruction.
  • Learn methods for close reading that transfer across narratives, informational and argumentative texts, poetry, media and life. Discover ways of structuring your teaching so students develop habits they can carry across the variety of texts they read.
  • Study close reading fundamentals and ways to build to more sophisticated work. Chris will share student work and close reading practices used in upper elementary through high school and help you imagine a progression of development that matches the needs of your students.
  • Take opportunities to assess student growth and make instructional decisions. By studying student talk and writing about reading, you will see ways to take quick accounting of your students and decide on next steps.
  • Plan how close reading fits into reading instruction. You will take with you suggestions for weaving close reading into your instruction in ways that support student growth while still balancing the richness of your curriculum.

About the Presenters

Christopher Lehman, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative, is an international speaker, education consultant, and New York Times best-selling author. A former middle and high school teacher, Chris later served as a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Chris is an in-demand literacy coach and the author of several books, including Energize Research Reading and Writing; A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers; Pathways to the Common Core (with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth); and Falling in Love with Close Reading (with Kate Roberts), the text that informs this workshop.

Kate Roberts is an expert in elementary and secondary reading and writing practices, close reading, and student-centered instruction. Kate is an active literacy consultant, top-selling author, and keynote speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years. Kate is coauthor (with Maggie Beattie Roberts) of DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence; and of Falling in Love with Close Reading with Chris Lehman.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades 4-12, administrators, curriculum coordinators, literacy specialists, and staff developers.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

04/17/2018 - Charlotte, NC

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Availability: Available When: 04/17/2018 Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Ayrsley
1920 Ayrsley Town Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273
+1 (704) 970-5000
Closest Airport: Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

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