Falling in Love with Close Reading: Chapter 3

I can't believe that we are already on our third chapter of this close reading book study! If you have missed any of the previous posts, you can click HERE to read them.

Prior to reading this book, I was very stuck on the idea that close reading had to be informational passages and articles. There is NOTHING wrong with this...but now I am thinking outside of the box and adding tools to my toolbox. When I read chapter two, I fell in love with the idea of having students close read music lyrics. Well chapter three was even more exciting! How about having your students close read advertisements?! Advertisers carefully choose every word that they use because space and time are expensive. Students can learn so much about the power of word choice when the close read these advertisements. Why did the other choose these words? What alternative words could they have chosen? Wouldn't this make them better readers AND writers?!

After this lesson on close reading advertisements to look at word choice, students are ready to read informational or narrative texts to look at word choice. The authors remind teachers that it is important to carefully choose texts that will engage students and/or hit on themes that are being covered in science and social studies. I personally find holidays to be a very engaging theme!

One thing I noticed while reading the chapter what that the author's had the teachers reading the text to the students. The teacher would read once while students were jotting down what they thought the main idea was. Then the teacher read a paragraph or two at a time while students jotted down interesting words. Finally, they discussed the patterns that were present in the words they listed. When close reading, I have always had my students read the text themselves. I very rarely read it out loud to them. Hmmmmm............ Something for me to think about!

During close read lessons, do you every just ask your students to listen and write, rather than read?

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