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
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