I recently had the opportunity to attend a one day training through ADE titled Close Reading In The Classroom. I learned so much and was eager to put what I learned into action! This week I had the opportunity to model a CLOSE Reading Lesson in 2nd grade. The students and I worked on the story Dear Mr.
Blueberry by Simon James. I think I learned as much as the 2nd graders did! This was my first attempt at modeling CLOSE reading in the classroom. One of the first things I learned is that students love the word Annotate! We spent the first two days of the lesson annotating the text. They annotated, discussed the text with a partner, watched me model how to annotate and then they annotated again! On the third day of the lesson they learned about Text Dependent Answers. A Big Lesson Learned for Mrs. Walker, the first time students do this takes a lot of time! I had eight question prepared. In a half hour we got through TWO! The fact that we only get through two questions is actually, in my opinion, AWESOME! The second question really required them to go back into the text and search for the answer. I cannot wait to model CLOSE Reading in the classroom again soon. My next CLOSE Reading adventure will take place in a 1st grade classroom. I will let you know how it goes!
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