Close reading strategies for informational text
Close Reading of Informational Texts: Assessment-Driven Instruction in Grades 3-8 by Sunday CumminsAs set forth in the foreword by the great Camille Blachowicz, Cummins’s innovation is to begin students’ engagement with close reading through synthesis. As I reflect on my own practice, I think about how synthesis has so often been saved for last. Cummins argues that all reading, rereading, annotating, purposeful talk, and writing should be done in service of synthesis and that “instructional moments are part of a larger long-term conversation with our students about the multiple ways in which authors structure or build their texts to convey their central ideas”; shouldn’t kids know why before they even begin? Can you imagine the possibilities for writing? Cummins grounds purposeful and strategic practice in research in a way that will lead readers to closely read independently, flexibly, and automatically. A must read!
6th Grade Close Reading of Informational Text Part 1
Informational Text Strategies: Close Reading
One of the biggest complaints I hear about Common Core is the push toward informational texts. This is often accompanied by the complaint that we are no longer allowing students to read for the sake of reading. Just yesterday, a teacher said to me, "I wish we could read novels. With all these informational texts, kids are losing the love of reading. Minutes later, I went to Facebook and noticed my friends sharing articles. I hopped on Twitter and noticed the same trend. They weren't just sharing the articles, either.
This purpose will result in students being able to have more success while reading. By introducing students to THIEVES and practicing as a class, your goal is for students to be able be able to preview and set a purpose on their own without the prompting of a teacher. When you take something that is not yours, what are you trying to do? You are trying to get ahead! If we preview a text, in a sense we are trying to get ahead of the author. Check it out!
need to spend more time engaged in close reading of texts with increasing complexity as CORE INFORMATIONAL READING STRATEGIES. The strategies.
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Informational text is full of just that, information. Without a fun story or interesting characters, some view it as a one-way ticket to Snoozeville. Well chosen informational text will be interesting and engaging. Close reading activities can help your students further understand the content without being tedious. Keep reading for ideas on close reading activities to your students engaged and entertained.
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