A CSAI-developed resource for teachers
This resource is one in a series produced by CSAI to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and learning of College and Career Ready Standards for diverse learners. It guides teachers in a systematic planning process to engage students in close reading.
A worksheet for teachers
Text selection is an important step in planning for close reading. The Selecting Text Tool displayed here, also found in the close reading resource, guides teachers in the process of selecting texts that provide appropriate levels of challenge for their students. Factors to consider include: age appropriateness, student interest level, complexity of ideas, text and sentence structure, vocabulary difficulty, and length of text.
Text Analysis Video, 5th Grade
This video from America Achieves showcases close reading in action. The lesson is aligned to College and Career Ready Standards and demonstrates the process of close reading as it portrays students engaging in substantive discourse and critical thinking.
Timothy Shanahan Blog
This popular blog by well-respected professor Dr. Timothy Shanahan provides information for teachers and parents on teaching and assessing reading, writing, and literacy. It includes many easily accessible and practical articles on implementing close reading, including What is Close Reading?.
Website with Close Reading Resources for Teachers
Achieve the Core has many resources to support teachers in implementing close reading lessons aligned to shifts in the new ELA standards. For example, the website includes model lessons, sample assessments, and a lesson-planning tool. The lesson-planning tool provides helpful information for teachers at each stage in the lesson-planning process to support professional learning about the new standards, the components of a close reading lesson, and how to support learners at various levels.