Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on “Close Reading of Text”
The purpose of this primer is to assist teachers in understanding close reading and employing it in the classroom, which is an instructional emphasis of the Common Core. The primer addresses the following key questions:
What is close reading of text, and what are its essential attributes? How, and for what purposes, should teachers employ this strategy?
What is the role of background knowledge in the development of reading comprehension, and when should teachers activate and/or provide background knowledge?
What should teachers and district leaders consider about close reading as they prepare to implement it in practice?