Why is Close Reading important?
A major focus of current State Standards and the Common Core State Standards is improving students’ close reading skills. Close Reading is a difficult practice to learn, even for experienced, adult readers. However, as we help our students approach text through a close reading lens, we will fulfill the expectations of the standards with all students.
Close Reading can be extremely engaging, productive and confidence-boosting for the struggling reader and the advanced reader alike. The ability to read complex texts closely, thoughtfully and carefully is a key to future academic success.
Throughout this course, students will see the practice of close reading as a vehicle to rigorous analysis of text through asking text-dependent questions, helping students make thoughtful inferences, and using multiple entry points to help bring students “inside” the text. Teachers will develop classroom strategies and techniques to gain optimal student engagement with challenging material. This course will culminate with the development of a week-long close reading lesson plan.
Graduate Credit: 3 graduate credits is equal to 67.5 PDPs
Currently credit is offered through Westfield State University, Gordon College, and Midamerica Nazarene University if you choose to receive credit.
Common Core State Standards used in this course
|Anchor Standardsfor Reading||Standard||Description|
|Key Ideas and Details||CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.R.1||Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.|
|CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.R.2||Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas|
|CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.R.3||Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.|
|Craft and Structure||CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.R.4||Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.|
|CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.R.5||Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.|
|Integration of Knowledge and Ideas||CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.R.9||Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.|