CLOSE Reading

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!


Published in: CLOSE Reading on February 1, 2013 at9:49 am Comments (3)

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  1. on March 2, 2013 at 8:23 pmbjbethel Said:

    What article did you use with the second grade class. Could you share some of their annotations?


    • on March 4, 2013 at 9:04 amJodi Walker Said:

      bjbethel, great question. Our district used Harcourt Trophies and the story for that week happened to be Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James. If you are not familiar with this story, it is written in letters. This worked will to introduce CLOSE reading because we were able to annotate one or two letters. I will see if some of the students still have their papers with annotations and scan them in to share.


  2. on June 21, 2013 at 1:40 pmJoni Said:

    This concept is AWESOME! I was first introduced to it by my Assistant Superintendent, who attended a seminar in Washington, DC. I teach 1st grade, and we worked on the Star Spangled Banner. The children in my class were so engaged, the experiment (without formal training) is something I can NOT wait to do again!! I have been transferred to 4th grade this year, as in-class support, and I think these techniques will be very helpful. Thanks for the post.



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