With the onset of the Common Core, this became a buzz word quickly in our English world at my school. Teachers argued about what it meant, wondered how to scaffold the skill effectively (we were in the midst of curriculum renewal), built it into courses, assessments, and rubrics, and trusting PLC’s (professional learning communities) to figure it out from there. I teach sophomore students, and the sophomore year, in particular, as I see it, became the year of close reading. Naturally, this had me wondering how best to instruct students in this skill and provide them with the experience and tools necessary to be successful.
A few years later, as I reflect, here are a few close reading tips and successes: [Read more…]