“Close Reading” have you heard that term?! If your district/school is working to achieve the common core standards, then they might have trained the classroom teachers/reading specialists in this term. I know in my district/building, this concept is HEAVILY promoted. What does it mean and how does this effect SLPs?? ** DISCLAIMER: I AM NO EXPERT IN THIS!! THIS IS JUST MY EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AND HOW I USE IT!
According to Learning A-Z, “close reading” means that students get involved actively with texts they are reading. They should notice text features and language used by the author. They should be actively thinking while reading. They are required to evaluate and think critically about the texts they are reading.
What skills are required in order for our students to be successful with close reading in their classrooms?
- Asking and answering questions
- Understanding of common core vocabulary concepts
- Ability to infer and predict
- Perspective thinking: understanding what others would think
- Understanding text features
- Understanding author's purpose
- Understanding main idea and supporting details
- Ability to retell or summarize a plot
- and more!!
- Demonstrates understanding
- Can help predict comprehension questions that one may be asked
- Improves reading comprehension skills
- Uses the full range of Bloom's taxonomy
- Makes students active in the learning and reading process
- You can use conversations starters. Show them how to start conversations about the text. For example, “I think the author wanted to tell us about…”
- You can model how to use post-its to write questions about the text or to highlight the key points. They can use their knowledge of main idea and supporting details for this one.
- Discuss the characters, their character traits and how they felt in various parts of the story.
- What connections can the students make to their own lives?
- What were the key story elements (setting, characters, problem, solution, mood)? Why were they important? Did the author explicitly say it, why or why not?
- Model for students to explain how they know what they know? Can they locate the evidence in the story?
- Be evidence detectives!! Who can find the most evidence to back up their opinions and analysis?!
I know I hope to attend some workshops or view some online webinars on close reading this summer. How do you plan on learning more?!