Well teacher friends, we've come to the end of the book study. I hope you've gained a few ideas about how to teach close reading this fall! Here are some of my final thoughts on the book and what I've learned.
1.) Close reading is not just asking students to return to text.
2.) Close reading must be taught explicitly, just as you teach any reading strategy.
3.) Model, model, model. Teach your students how to read closely by thinking aloud as you read closely!
4.) Build your students' vocabularies so they are better able to critique an argument or a claim made by a text. (The charts in the text are very helpful!)
As for me, for next year, I'll much more explicit in the way I teach close reading. We have a scripted program for literacy that includes close reading, but I will definitely draw upon the sitcom and music lessons in the text for additional ELA lessons.
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