In this course, learn how to teach Close Reading, which productively engages learners to dig into texts for deeper understanding. Close Reading can be extremely engaging, productive and confidence-boosting for struggling and experienced readers alike.
Please note: This online course will take place in Blackboard and via Zoom. It cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- ELA and content area teachers who want to help their students deeply engage with text
- ELA and content area teachers at any level of general experience who wish to learn Close Reading techniques and explore Text-Dependent Questions
How do we fulfill the expectations of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) with struggling readers, advanced readers and everyone in-between? Close Reading is part of the answer.
Reading Anchor One of the CCRSAE states: "Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text."
Over the course of 8 PD hours, you will watch six asynchronous video presentations, reflect in a discussion forum, and participate in two live online meetings to discuss the strategies and content.
The course will open on May 15th.
The two virtual live sessions will take place:
- June 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- June 26th: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Learn the close reading process and text-dependent questioning as aligned in the standards
- Experience a close reading lesson with understanding to classroom applications
- Learn strategies for helping students gather evidence, knowledge and insight from what they read
- Integrate appropriate scaffolds to enable all students to access complex text
- Learn to write text-dependent questions for both narrative and expository genres, and how to provide students with entry-points through discourse, visual media, and annotation
- Plan to apply close reading strategies and text-dependent questioning into upcoming lessons
- Chrome browser installed on your device--Blackboard functions best in Chrome
- Headphones are preferable for participation in the live sessions, or at least a semi-private space where you can hear through your device