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The Teacher Tip

Discover Powerful Close Reading Instruction

April 17, 2018

Adapted from Falling in Love with Close Reading by Christopher Lehman & Kate Roberts.

Close reading is something you should teach students to do, rather than something you just do to them. Close reading is most effective as a powerful piece of a large, robust, and responsive literacy curriculum.

As you reflect on your own practice, consider these elements of powerful close reading instruction:

  • It must raise engagement and joy, not diminish it
  • It must lead to student independence, not dependent of teacher’s prompting
  • It must be one piece of your reading instruction
  • It must allow time for students to read for extended periods and across many pages of text
  • It must be repeated across time and involve many opportunities for practice
  • It must be designed in response to the strengths and needs of your students

To learn more about Falling in Love with Close Reading and download a sample chapter, visit

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