Regardless of our years of experience in the classroom, we have all likely experienced the student who finishes that book you assigned and proceeds to slam it down on the desk in a flourish of drama, shouting loudly to the rest of the class that they have finally finished. This is generally associated with as much distraction inducing noise as humanly possible, with an eye roll so severe that you fear their eyeballs may pop right from their heads.Read More
When I start teaching close reading strategies, I ask students to "talk to the text." Which means, I ask them to write their metacognitive thoughts all over the text. (Learn more about "talking to the text" HERE). I had students practice with poems and short stories, allowing them to put pencil to paper to share their thinking. But what do we do when students cannot write on the text?Read More
What is talking to the text? Simply stated, it is must having a conversation with the text. Giving your thoughts right back to the words on the page. Leaving your thoughts, ideas, questions, comments, and light bulb moments all over the passage. This is very similar to text annotations and is an integral part of teaching those close reading strategies.Read More
1. Personal reading history.
What lessons need to be taught before you introduce those close reading strategies? Read on to learn more…Read More