Are you looking for ways to improve your students’ comprehension, critical thinking, and reasoning skills all while meeting the Common Core State Standards? If so, you will not want to miss this one-day learning experience surrounding Close Reading. Through reading, viewing video, and dialogue, you will discover dozens of practical strategies and engaging techniques that are guaranteed to improve student achievement. This learning adventure is interactive, goal-focused, and instruction-based.
This Prezi presentation was designed to lead the incredibly awesome 4th- through 8th-grade teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools through an all-day professional learning experience, wherein which I shared my journey of learning and teaching Close Reading to ninth- and tenth-graders. The presentation ranges from the days where I committed sticky-note Readicide and accepted “all thoughts about texts as great” to my current days where I want students to, as Dave Stuart of Teaching the Core verbalizes it, “legitimately understand and interact with complex texts for the sake of entering the argumentative conversation of which they are a part.”