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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Here are some great resources, provided by teachers on close reading for a variety of materials. This is well worth the read. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.

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Close Reading with Teens and Tweens
From:Brenda Power/Choice Literacy <>
To:Darlene Bassett <>
Date:Sat, Sep 27, 2014 1:08 am

The Big Fresh Newsletter from Choice Literacy
September 27, 2014 - Issue #401

Walk and Talk 
Walking is good for solving problems -- it's like the feet are little psychiatrists.
                                                                 Terri Guillemets 
I've been reading lately about the craze of counting steps, and it's likely only to get crazier now that Apple has announced a watch with all manner of physical tracking. It seems like every other person I meet these days is wearing a wristband tracking their progress towards the daily "10,000."  Although there is no doubt that walking is great for physical fitness, it may do even more for lifting the spirits and sparking new thinking after sitting inside for hours.
One of my favorite ways to break routine with students and colleagues in the fall has always been a "walk and talk." The activity couldn't be simpler. A brief article, issue, or idea is shared in the classroom, and then we pair up and go outside to walk and enjoy the sunshine while the partners discuss a focus question based on the reading or topic. After 20 minutes, everyone comes back to share insights and next steps.
Even someone on crutches appreciates the chance to amble outside and sit on a bench, soaking up vitamin D while chatting with a co-worker. Students have the opportunity to get their wiggles out, and often that leads to a surprisingly high level of focus on the task at hand.
If it's a sunny day and you want to bring instant joy and appreciation to your agenda, schedule an impromptu walk and talk as part of a meeting or literacy workshop.  Nothing slows down the fast pace of life more than a walk and talk.
This week we look at close reading. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
Brenda Power
Founder, Choice Literacy


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Gretchen Shroeder reinvents a classic high school assignment when she has her students do a close reading of Hamlet:
Nancy Boyer from ASCD provides a basic primer of strategies and research in Closing in on Close Reading:
This Prezi from Kevin Hodgson on the fundamentals of close reading is concise and includes embedded video. It might be especially helpful for teachers who are visual learners:
This video from the Teaching Channel explains thinking notes, a strategy that encourages close reading in high school:
We have three professional development offerings in October. Our live event, Coaching the Common Core, is at the beautiful Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine on October 18-19. The online courses are Franki Sibberson presenting The Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher October 1-12 and Making Assessments Work for You with Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan from October 15-26.  The online courses include three on-demand webinars, a DVD, book, and personal responses from the instructors tailored to your needs on the class discussion board. Click on the link below for more details:
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