Moving from classroom Language Arts teacher to K-5 District ELA Specialist my first order of business was to gauge where we were with reading scores when compared to the rest of the state. We fell well below the state average in Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, and Language subtests.
Using evidence from a text with informational or argument writing is a crucial skill for our students as their writing develops. Teaching this can be a taxing responsibility to take on! But, with these simple tips, students can become prolific and critical writers.
Reading a text and answering questions has been part of literacy instruction for ages. However, using text evidence to prove answers, whether literal or inferential, is a must-have skill for the 21st century.
Close reading is part of a well-balanced curriculum in language arts and the content areas.
Check out our blog for a close reading strategy that helps students determine word meaning from any text that they read!