Saturday, 22 February 2014

Close Reading--Up Close and Personal

Recently, a group of us gathered to take a look at Close Reading. Leaning on Chris Lehman and Kate Robert's ideas from Falling in Love with Close Reading, we explored the process firsthand and discussed possible ways to role it out in our classrooms (click here to view the Google Presentation).

Close Reading Part 1:

Close Reading Part 2:

Join this discussion by adding your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or resources that will make Close Reading come to life in our classrooms.


  1. Great work again Scott! What is so impressive with this protocol for close reading is that it is so simple to follow and really gets the students looking deeper into the text. I could see that it clicked with students after one short session. The discussions on 'why' the author made the craft moves he or she did instantly led to much deeper discussions in my class after a close reading mini-lesson. Thank you for sharing. This was a comment made by one of my students after he learned the protocol. "I also practiced the close reading technique in some key moments in books (The Hobbit, Scorpions) and songs. On a side note: It really is surprising what these things are about! I might try reverse engineering these pieces of work so I can use this subliminal messaging in my pieces of writing."

  2. Well done, Mr. Riley. As for the protocol, maybe we should make up some of those posters like we have for technology. This way, social studies, science, and math teachers could use the same protocol when we are getting into some tricky reading, which seems to be happening all the time. The inclusion of student work was a nice touch as it gave teachers an idea about what to look for and what direction to take the kid next. Can you make posters of the "craft moves" and Tips as You Move to Written Text so that everyone has access to them? Good work.