Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

Kate Kinsella advocates for the use of “narrow reading” units as ways to build word knowledge and literate discourse for English learners and under-resourced students. Narrow reading is the reading of several texts by one author or about a single topic of interest.

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This highly-practical paper provides ESL teachers at the secondary level with a do-able approach for teaching complex texts to English language learners. An efficient way to integrate more stimulating informational text analysis while mirroring the real reading demands of college and the workplace is to create “narrow reading” units of study. Kinsella points about the limitations of thematic units. She then describes two key approaches to crafting a narrow reading unit for an upper-elementary or secondary course focused on advancing English language and literacy for academic success.