Close Reading & Critical Thinking
for the Common Core
NEW 2-day Course!
How do we fulfill the expectations of the Common Core with struggling readers, advanced readers and everyone in-between, when we know that close reading is a difficult skill even for experienced, adult readers? Close Reading can be extremely engaging, productive and confidence-boosting for the struggling reader and the advanced reader alike. Critical thinking, a highly valuable skill, together with close reading are the keys not only to the Common Core, but future academic success. Furthermore, how do we extend the thinking around a piece of text, enabling students to access deep meanings, create thinking analogies and encourage perspective taking? How do we provide students our students with the ability and opportunity to think critically about ideas while they engage with a piece of text? Participants will explore these questions while cultivating their own ability to think critically about these practices. Workshop is appropriate for K-5.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you've taken our 1-day Close Reading workshop in the past, you can now register for Day 2-Critical Thinking only!
Note: Students with difficulties decoding the text can be assisted to grapple with the deep meanings and sophisticated syntax that complex texts provide. These motivating practices provide an excellent counterpoint to intensive decoding and fluency intervention that many struggling readers receive.
Upcoming Open Enrollment Workshops:
Contact us to bring Close Reading to your district:
Resources on Close Reading
Closing in on Close Reading, ASCD Educational Leadership Archives
Achieve the Core, free, high-quality resources for educators to implement the Common Core State Standards
"This workshop was fantastic. I have a clearer understanding of close reading and text dependent questions. The frameworks provided will be used as I plan future lessons."
-Keri Fuller, Teacher, Norwell Public Schools
"I appreciate the opportunity to experience a close reading tasks as an adult reader. This activity is perhaps the most powerful as a practitioner. I think it is one that my colleagues will definitely benefit from. Thank you for the integration of scaffolds for our striving readers that will provide them with similar experiences. I am leaving with tools that I can use with students and colleagues tomorrow."
-Debra Pellerin, Reading Specialist, Wayland Public Schools
Shira Cohen-Goldberg, presenting on Using Social Media as an Access Point to Analyze Our Thinking (For Teachers and Elementary School Students)
34th International Conference on Critical Thinking & Educational Reform
July 28-31, 2014