Close Reading: !
An Opportunity for Rigor


Suzanne J. Skipper
Triumph Learning
Common Core:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s0rRk9sER0
Rationale for Close Reading:
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Rigor in the classroom-or rather lack of it.
Rigor is not an attribute of a text,...
Points To Ponder:
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What is my own definition of rigor?

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How do my colleagues define rigor?

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What do I think--...
What Is Close Reading?
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Close reading implies that we bring the text
and the reader close together.
Close reading s...
Doug Fisher: !
Close REading

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w9v6-zUg3Y
Characteristics:
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Start with a short passage.	


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The focus is intense.	


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Extend from the passage itself to oth...
Discussion:	

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Does a text have to be complex for one to read
closely?	

What habits and dispositions do I ...
Immediate Instructional Practice:	

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Find a short text that is challenging.
Read the selection aloud to stu...
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Pull the whole class back together, collect on the
board the questions that have been generated.	

In pair...
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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought
forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in
Liberty...
Sample Questions:
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What is four score and seven years ago?	


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Why is he speaking about a New Nation ?	


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What i...
Further questions:
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Is this religious? About becoming religious?	

Is this saying that if you do everything...
Educator directed questions:
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Is there evidence that this narrator is concerned?	

Is there evidence that if bo...
Signposts:
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Contrasts/Contradictions: 	


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Aha Moment:	


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Tough Questions:	


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Words of the Wiser:	


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Aga...
Writing:

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Susan Pinnel: Argumentative Writing
Planning:
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Write your own questions PRIOR to the lesson	


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Close Reading	


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Writing	


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Academic Conversatio...
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Continue to follow Commoncore.com for more
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Next webinar: Alan Sitomer, January 30, 5:30 pm EST
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CommonCore.com - Close Reading Skills

  1. 1. Close Reading: ! An Opportunity for Rigor Suzanne J. Skipper Triumph Learning
  2. 2. Common Core: ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s0rRk9sER0
  3. 3. Rationale for Close Reading: !  !  !  Rigor in the classroom-or rather lack of it. Rigor is not an attribute of a text, but rather a characteristic of our behavior with that text. The essence of rigor is engagement and commitment.
  4. 4. Points To Ponder: !  What is my own definition of rigor? !  How do my colleagues define rigor? !  !  What do I think--can a student be encouraged to think rigorously about a text that is at his or her independent reading level? If I needed to make a checklist of practices that new teachers could use to help them decide if their classrooms would be called rigorous, what would I include?
  5. 5. What Is Close Reading? !  !  Close reading implies that we bring the text and the reader close together. Close reading should suggest close attention to the text and close attention to the relevant experience.
  6. 6. Doug Fisher: ! Close REading ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w9v6-zUg3Y
  7. 7. Characteristics: !  Start with a short passage. !  The focus is intense. !  Extend from the passage itself to other parts of the text. !  Should involve significant exploratory discussion. !  Must involve rereading.
  8. 8. Discussion: !  !  !  !  Does a text have to be complex for one to read closely? What habits and dispositions do I need to instill in students when they are reading multimedia texts? What motivates you to pay particular close attention to a portion of a text? What do you do during the close reading process? Take notes? Annotate? Is close reading different for fiction and nonfiction?
  9. 9. Immediate Instructional Practice: !  !  !  !  Find a short text that is challenging. Read the selection aloud to students as they follow along. Tell them that as they read, they should mark those spots where they feel confused, have a question or wonder about something. Ask them to reread the selection.
  10. 10. !  !  !  !  Pull the whole class back together, collect on the board the questions that have been generated. In pairs or trios, ask them to look at the questions they think are most interesting or important, discuss them and make notes about their thoughts. Pull the class back together and work through some of the more interesting questions. Decide what follow-up is needed.
  11. 11. !  •  !  Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. Lincoln s Gettysburg Address excerpt
  12. 12. Sample Questions: !  What is four score and seven years ago? !  Why is he speaking about a New Nation ? !  What is a proposition? !  What is the great war, or Civil War? !  Who is at war and why are they still at war? !  Why are people giving their lives so that more can live?
  13. 13. Further questions: !  !  !  !  Is this religious? About becoming religious? Is this saying that if you do everything God wants then you are clothed in Holy robes for glory? Do you have to become super religious to be complete? What if you say to God to do all this stuff to you but then nothing changes, like no holy robes, does that mean God failed?
  14. 14. Educator directed questions: !  !  !  Is there evidence that this narrator is concerned? Is there evidence that if both sides don t communicate the Civil War will continue? What specific lines indicate the evidence? CITE TEXTUAL EVIDENCE
  15. 15. Signposts: !  Contrasts/Contradictions: !  Aha Moment: !  Tough Questions: !  Words of the Wiser: !  Again and Again: !  Memory Moment: !  Resource: Beers, K. & Probst, R. (2013) Notice & Note, Heinemann
  16. 16. Writing: !  Susan Pinnel: Argumentative Writing
  17. 17. Planning: !  Write your own questions PRIOR to the lesson !  Close Reading !  Writing !  Academic Conversation
  18. 18. !  !  Continue to follow Commoncore.com for more information Next webinar: Alan Sitomer, January 30, 5:30 pm EST

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