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.
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.

Kemper, Haley


Lewis, K., & Loertscher, D. V. (2014). The Possible Is Now. Teacher Librarian43(3), 48-52.
(Found on the King Library’s LISTA Database)

Article Summary:
This article, printed in Teacher Librarian, and authored by our very own Dr. Loertscher and Kathryn R. Lewis takes a look at how teacher librarians can, and should, be at the center of Common Core teaching throughout all schools. They begin the article by stating that the time is “now” for librarians and libraries to be the common learning spaces for all school levels. Libraries are where students research, read, write, discover new information and technology, and use technology to look at new texts and other information platforms. Within the article, Loertscher and Lewis propose a set of ten initiatives aimed at transforming the library into a school’s central resource for CCSS. Alongside these ten initiative, the authors demonstrate examples of how the librarian can work with classroom teachers to better teach students the CCSS. These examples are a wonderful tool that can be used by classroom teachers and school librarians across the United States. 

For those unfamiliar with some of the Common Core Standards (like myself), this article provides wonderful information regarding some of the key standards, as well as learning opportunities for teachers, librarians, and students alike. While we have discussed and learned the importance of the library being a meeting grounds and learning center/learning commons, this article outlines ways to go about making it happen, as well as providing constructive ways of collaborating with classroom teachers. 

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

Jessica Benson
Harris, J. (2014). Expanding the School Library Media Specialist’s Role: Integrating Close Reading Activities into the Library Curriculum. Library Media Connection. 14-16.
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.
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!