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Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading

Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading
December 2012/January 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 4 Common Core: Now What? Pages 36-41 A significant body of research links the close reading of complex text—whether the student is a struggling reader or advanced—to significant gains in reading proficiency and finds close reading to be a key component of college and career readiness. (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, 2011, p. 7) When I read this statement in the content frameworks of one of the consortia now creating assessments for the Common Core State Standards, I was frankly a little insulted. Of course I teach students to read closely—both my university students and younger students, through my literacy consultant work. Much of the available information about close reading centers on secondary schools, where this skill seems to fit most comfortably. What Is Close Reading? Essentially, close reading means reading to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension. Why Close Reading Now?

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Blog-a-thon Post 1: What #CloseReading Isn’t (Or At Least Shouldn’t Be) Welcome to the first post in our 7-week blog-a-thon on #closereading. We invite YOU to join in! Find more on how-to here. Several selected posts will be linked to on the Contributors page. Let’s closely read the practice of close reading together! The Art of Close Reading (Part One) To read well requires one to develop one’s thinking about reading and, as a result, to learn how to engage in the process of what we call close reading. Students not only need to learn how to determine whether a text is worth reading, but also how to take ownership of a text’s important ideas (when it contains them). This requires the active use of intellectual skills. It requires command of the theory of close reading as well as guided practice based on that theory. In this and the next few articles we focus on some of the fundamentals of close reading.

Mary Oliver on Love and Its Necessary Wildness For more than half a century, beloved poet Mary Oliver (b. September 10, 1935) has been beckoning us to remember ourselves and forget ourselves at the same time, to contact both our creatureliness and our transcendence as we move through the shimmering world her poetry has mirrored back at us — an unremitting invitation to live with what she calls “a seizure of happiness.” Nowhere is this seizure more electrifying than in love — a subject Oliver’s poetry has tended to celebrate only obliquely, and one she addressed most directly in her piercing elegy for her soul mate. But in her most recent collection, Felicity (public library), Oliver dedicates nearly half the poems to the scintillating seizure that is love. There is bittersweetness in her words — these are loves that have bloomed in the hindsight of eighty long, wide years.

AO Lexile Reading Ratings AmblesideOnline List member Anabel posted this to the list; she graciously allowed it to be re-posted on the website. I pulled this together for a conversation I was having with a friend, and I thought other folks might find it interesting too. Not all the books on the AO lists are scored on the Lexile site, but enough were in Years 1 through 3 to make this interesting. I'm not trained in this or anything, but I'm looking at this as being useful both as reading-comprehension level and as listening-comprehension level. Up-Close Reading: Tackling Complex Text Last week during a reading comprehension lesson, my 2nd graders were arguing with each other . . . and yelling at me! Really! It’s the truth, but . . . maybe not what you imagined. Strategies for Close Reading By Samantha Cleaver Let’s face it, close reading isn’t often a skill that comes naturally. When our students get a new reading assignment, their first instinct is often to race to the finish line rather than engage deeply with a text. Getting students to slow down, engage with the text in different ways, and reflect as they read are challenges for every teacher, and are the goals of close reading.

Close Reading With our skill-based activity sheets and quizzes, Storyworks readers engage closely with articles. We also provide a set of questions designed specifically for group reading and discussion. Every major article and story in Storyworks comes with a set of close-reading questions. With our text-based questions, your students will: ArtsEmerson: An Octoroon Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play, An Octoroon is an incendiary, subversively funny exploration of contemporary cultural politics set against the backdrop of the Antebellum South. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (author of Neighbors, Appropriate) radically revises a popular 19th century melodrama — complete with blushing Southern belles, dastardly schemes, and budding forbidden romances — for today’s “post-racial,” spectacle-obsessed world. “Hilarious and harrowing...this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” - The New York Times **Some performances of An Octoroon are currently SOLD OUT. However, tickets may become available! On the day of a given show, a wait list will be started at the Emerson/Paramount Center one hour prior to each performance and any available tickets will be released for sale beginning at 15 minutes prior to show start time to the people on the wait list.

Parts of Speech Game for Kids ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games. ABCya’s award-winning Preschool computer games and apps are conceived and realized under the direction of a certified technology education teacher, and have been trusted by parents and teachers for ten years.

Cold Versus Warm Close Reading: Stamina and the Accumulation of Misdirection by Catherine E. Snow Harvard Graduate School of Education June 6, 2013 Over the last 18 months I have had the chance to review a couple dozen proposed curricular units, developed by district teams or other groups, and designed to prepare students to meet the Common Core State Standards (or, more specifically, to pass the assessments aligned with the Common Core). I have been simultaneously impressed by the quality of the tasks assigned to students in those units, and dismayed by the lack of attention to providing any justification to the students for why they should undertake such difficult tasks.

A Non-Freaked Out, Focused Approach to the Common Core - Part 3 - Close Reading - Dave Stuart Jr. Update from Dave: Welcome to one of the most popular posts on the blog. This post is kind of old and doesn’t reflect my latest thinking, so let me point you toward some more recent things I’ve written in case you’re curious: And now for your regularly scheduled programming How to Do a Close Reading The process of writing an essay usually begins with the close reading of a text. Of course, the writer's personal experience may occasionally come into the essay, and all essays depend on the writer's own observations and knowledge. But most essays, especially academic essays, begin with a close reading of some kind of text—a painting, a movie, an event—and usually with that of a written text.

“Apollo” Twice a month, like a dutiful son, I visited my parents in Enugu, in their small overfurnished flat that grew dark in the afternoon. Retirement had changed them, shrunk them. They were in their late eighties, both small and mahogany-skinned, with a tendency to stoop.

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