Do you want your students to be prepared for life?
This book has lessons that apply for analyzing texts and life - including songs, videos, and books. Re-engage students when you begin planning for instruction that will draw all students into the learning world.
This masterful text by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts (with Foreword by Donalyn Miller) begins with a chapter that defines close reading and explains a ritual that will build student independence. It continues with five chapters that detail text evidence, word choice, structure, point of view and reading across texts. Each chapter contains an explanation of the purpose, a customized close reading ritual for that content, texts that surround us every day (media), how to match your purpose to your students while choosing text, a model lesson, real student responses, and then next steps in the form of extensions and support as well as closely reading our own lives.
How important is this text as teachers implement changes in instruction to meet the demands of the Common Core?
Close Reading is listed in Reading Anchor Standard 1 and also contained within Key Ideas and Details 2 (main idea/theme), and 3 (individuals/events develop over time); word choice is Reading Anchor Standard 4 under Craft and Structure, structure is Reading Anchor Standard 5, point of view is Reading Anchor Standard 6 and argument 8; and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas contains reading across texts as Reading Anchor Standard 9. The "media" Reading Anchor Standard 7 is included in each of the topics so it truly is "integrated" into all five topics and Reading Anchor Standard 10 is about students reading a wide range and complexity of texts independently that is the goal of the entire text. (Yep! All 10 Reading Anchor Standards are included!)
Still on the fence? Haven't made up your mind?
The lessons provided in this book are carefully crafted to build a "love of reading" that is student centered. Students who are in classrooms where teachers use these rituals for instruction will be prepared for their Common Core assessments because those students will have practical experience in thinking and reading texts and life in purposeful ways that go well beyond the printed word.
And finally, you will fall in love with the authors, their stories of students and teachers, and close reading as you read and re-read this text. Your life will change as a result of your thoughtful reflection about the contents of this text.