Learning to Read Closely

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Preparing For Close Reading With Students
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This 30 minute video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) on the first 20 paragraphs of Martin Luther King Jr.‰'s ‰"Letter from Birmingham Jail.‰" This conversation represents one of the ways a group of educators might prepare for close reading of text with students. This behind-the-scenes discourse represents the kind of dialogue teachers can have as they build their own fluency and familiarity with a text before diving into it with students. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: Why are conversations like these important? What role can adult discussions of text play in teacher prep? Participants might also continue the conversation King, Coleman, and Gerson are having by picking up where they left off and engaging deeply around paragraphs 21-30. What happens next in the text? What is King ‰"up to‰" for those paragraphs?

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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New York State Education Department
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Amelia Bedelia Up Close! Closely Reading a Classic Story
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Through a close reading of "Amelia Bedelia", students reread the material to discuss text-dependent questions, promoting deep thinking about the text and its characters.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Reading Closely: Brain Gain
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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about US education. Authors of the short readings include Hellen Keller, Ken Robinson, Colin Powell, Maria Montessori, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Arne Duncan, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Horace Mann.

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U.S. History
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Odell Education
Reading Closely: Promised Land
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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about the separation of religion and government in the US. Authors of the short readings include Thomas Jeffereson, Thomas Nast, Justice Stevens, Chief Justice Rehnquist, John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Butler Yeats, and Tom Head.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Political Science
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Odell Education
Reading Closely: At the Pole (Grade 7)
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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about exploration of the South Pole.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Odell Education
Close Reading Exemplar: The Glorious Whitewasher (Grade 7)
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The goal of this exemplar is to reinforce the skills students have acquired regarding how to extend their understanding and interaction with multiple texts when investigating a set of focused historical themes. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Literature
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Reading Closely: Life Steps Almost Straight
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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about human nature. Authors of the short readings include Charles Schultz, Viktor Frankl, Buddha, Emily Dickinson, Cornel West, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rene Descartes, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean and Jacques Rousseau.

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Literature
Philosophy
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Odell Education
Reading Closely: Lay Down All My Joys
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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about the Civil War. Authors of the short readings include Walt Whitman, Ken Burns, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dr. James A. Burran, Sullivan Ballou, Jefferson Davis, Harriet Jacobs, Harry Macarthy, and Abraham Lincoln.

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Literature
U.S. History
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Odell Education
Close Reading Exemplar: The Making of a Scientist (Grade 6)
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The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits theyve been practicing on a regular basis to absorb deep lessons from Richard Feynmans recollections of interactions with his father. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will identify how and why Feynman started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. When combined with writing about the passage, students will discover how much they can learn from a memoir. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Literature
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Reading Closely: We Had to Learn English
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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about immigration through Ellis Island. Authors of the short readings include Jacob Riis, Edward Steiner, H. G. Wells, Mary Antin, Marie Ganz, Nat Ferber, Frederick Douglass, Emma Lazarus, and Claude McKay.

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U.S. History
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Odell Education
Close Reading Exemplar: The Great Fire (Grade 6)
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By reading and rereading the passage closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the historical truths related to poverty, city construction, and city services that led to the disaster. In this reading, students learn about historical disasters, but they may not fully comprehend causes or how human actions, nature, or even luck contributed to them, rendering history a flat subject to be memorized rather than explored. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will better understand the dangers inherent in cities and the government role in mitigating that danger. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken (Grade 7)
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As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual information about the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the United States involvement in WWII, and the internment of Japanese in camps throughout the western United States, this lesson exemplar will allow students to participate in critical discussion of two stories that illuminate important, yet divergent, experiences of war and conflict. This lesson exemplar will push students to think critically about the experience of wartime as felt by both soldiers and civilians as they navigated specific trials that were a part of their direct or peripheral involvement in WWII. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Reading Informational Text
U.S. History
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Reading
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Gettysburg Address (Grades 9-10)
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This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors in a close reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Lincoln's speech through a series of text dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core State Standards. This unit can be broken down into three sections of instruction and reflection on the part of students and their teachers, which is followed by additional activities, some designed for history/social studies and some for ELA classrooms.his close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: The Long Night of the Little Boats (Grade 8)
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By reading and re-reading the text passage, closely combining classroom discussion about it, and writing about it, students come to an appreciation of the need to (a) re-read, paraphrase, and discuss ideas, (b) come to an accurate basic understanding level of a text, (c) come to an accurate interpretive understanding of a text, and (d) build a coherent piece of writing that both constructs and communicates solid understanding of text. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Literature
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Words We Live By (Grade 8)
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By reading and re-reading the Constitutional passages closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the questions Monk raises and perhaps even pursue additional avenues of inquiry. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will form a deeper appreciation not only of MonkŐs argument and the value of struggling with complex text, but of the Preamble of the Constitution itself. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
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Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading
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What if students could see the relevance of their school curriculum to real-world, interesting, STEM-related careers? Let's help them create a great future!

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink