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Summer of Strategies: Close Reading for Word Meaning

By: Jessica HathawayPosted 06/29/18
Summer of Strategies: Close Reading for Word Meaning

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!

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How To Help All Students Access Complex Text!

By: Erick HerrmannPosted 03/03/16
How To Help All Students Access Complex Text!

With renewed emphasis on Text Complexity in state standards, teachers must find ways to help students access text that is written above their current reading level, or at or above grade level. When and how should we introduce Complex Text to students? What exactly makes text complex?

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Maintaining Interest During Close Reading...or Help! I'm Losing Them

Close Reading requires rereading. Students will need to reread text several times with specific purposes in mind. “Not Again!” I bet you can anticipate the groans, "But, we've already read this." So, what can you do to keep students' interest during several Close Readings of the same text? Here are a few suggestions!

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The Right Text

By: Dona Herweck RicePosted 01/23/15
The Right Text

Helping children find material to engage them and to have meaning for them are worthy objectives. Today, appropriateness of a text for a reader is often indicated by its designated reading level. Does the push for leveling deter children from finding the books that engage them?

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Visual Literacy: Helping Kids Succeed

By: Heidi FiedlerPosted 11/07/14
Visual Literacy: Helping Kids Succeed

Today, more than ever, young readers are being asked to develop sophisticated visual literacy skills. Advertisements, graphic novels, online memes, political cartoons, maps, DIY instructions, and more, all require the ability to interpret images. Here’s a simple activity to build visual literacy skills with your students!

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Use Text-Dependent Questions to Guide a Close Read

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts require students to refer to the text they have read when answering questions. Here’s how you can use text-dependent questions to guide students through close reading.

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