Contact Us

* required field


teaching close reading with informational texts

Tips for using ‘Reading A to Z’ texts for close reading

Reading A to Z is a common classroom resource for leveled informational texts. There are some good texts in this collection – I would just be cautious, read for quality, and choose with clear objectives or text-dependent questions in mind. Below I describe how a group of teachers and I chose excerpts from Reading A …Read more

Share This Content

Is “text evidence” becoming a fill-in-the-blank?

A few weeks ago I had the honor of working with a class of students who were writing an analytic essay in response to a text about Frederick Douglass. During this lesson, I’d posed a text-dependent question and we’d carefully read the article and taken notes.  When we moved from taking notes to using those …Read more

Share This Content

Teach “example” as a type of detail info text authors use

Take a moment to read the following text excerpt. Where does the author include examples of a concept? Why is that helpful to readers? Look closely and you will see. Magnets can be found on a can opener. The magnet attracts, or pulls, a lid off of a soup can. A push or a pull …Read more

Share This Content

School Counselor’s Success with Close Reading

Close reading can be used to tackle texts across all disciplines – even career counseling! Andrea is a school counselor who attended a workshop I hosted on close reading. By the end, a light had gone off for her in how to address a tricky text she’d been using to teach students about different careers …Read more

Share This Content