Closing in on Close Reading
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This article provides both a rationale for close reading and concrete steps for implementing it in the classroom. It also puts close reading into the context of other recent instruction approaches, such as making self-to-text connections.
This article is an excellent, practical guidance tool for implementing close reading in the classroom for students at any age. The author recommends close reading instruction begin in the earliest grades to foster a habit of mind supportive of analytic reading. She also proposes that a focus be on students asking questions from the full range of ELA strands in the CCSS in order to create independent, analytic readers, as opposed to those who only learn the content of a particular text but are unable to transfer any reading skills when they move on to the next one.