Closing in on Close Reading

Closing in on Close Reading
Stefani Tovar
Boyles,N. (2012).  Closing in on Close Reading.  Common Core:  Now What?  (70)4, 36-41.
Summary
Close reading is analytic reading to better comprehend complex text.  It involves looking into the text itself to extract key concepts from literary and informational texts.  This can be taught as early as the elementary level, through three suggested strategies:
  • Create text dependent questions
  • Student generated questions
  • Observe and analyze
Samples and sequences are provided to guide the reader in this practical and easy-to-implement article.

Expanding the School Library Media Specialist’s Role: Integrating Close Reading into the Library Curriculum

Jessica Benson
Collaboration
Harris, J. (2014). Expanding the School Library Media Specialist’s Role: Integrating Close Reading Activities into the Library Curriculum. Library Media Connection. 14-16.
Summary
A look at close reading techniques, its importance to literacy skills, and the school media specialist’s role in the school reading/literacy program. Harris’s article lists steps that can be taken by the school media specialist to incorporate close reading activities in the library curriculum. The librarian helps students ask and answer higher level questions, and connects the texts to their lives.
Evaluation
Harris gives good overall advice for incorporating the school librarian deeper into the learning process, as well as points about the increasingly important role of the school media specialist, and collaboration between class teacher and librarian. Also some great first, second and third reading questions to get students thinking and engaging with the text!