Brainstorm questions students could answer just from what’s in the text (not from prior knowledge)
Include literal, basic questions, as well as
Higher order, inferential questions
Close Reading Resources
Good Overveiw - http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/reading_lit.html
How to do a Close Reading: http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/s/a/sam50/closeread.htm
What is a Close Reading - http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/09/14/what-is-close-reading-guidance-notes/
How to do a Close Reading - http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/documents/CloseReading.html
Close Reading – Poetry - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/751/01/
Close Reading Tips - http://mason.gmu.edu/~rmatz/close_reading.htm
Steps in a Close Reading - http://ozpk.tripod.com/APclose
For More Information
(Go to LITERACY – COMMON CORE TASKFORCE)
Resources, links, aligned units, training materials
NY’s website for Common Core & RTTT material
Official documents, official videos, curriculum models
Appendix A - Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards; Glossary of Key Terms Appendix B - Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks Appendix C - Examples of Student Writing Appendices Overview
Focus on VOCABULARY
Conversational Levels of Vocabulary limit readers to a reading level equivalent of Grade 4 or below.
The Wall Street Journal is written at about an 11 th grade level.
The New York Times is written at about an 8 th grade level.
The Times Herald Record, Poughkeepsie Journal, Kingston Freeman is written at about a 4 th grade level.
http://www.wordsift.com/ Word maps, word clouds
http://quizlet.com/ Make flash cards & games
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/ Academic vocabulary games
http://www.vocabulary.com/ More games, including games using Latin & Greek roots
Definitions, history and short essays on words
http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ Visual thesaurus
www.wordle.com , www.tagul.com , http://www.tagxedo.com/ - Analyze Words