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Sunday, January 24 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Close Reading of Complex Texts

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Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic reading—call it what you like. The point is, it’s a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In this session, we articulate an instructional plan, squarely built on research, that includes: 

1. Purpose & Modeling
2. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction
3. Collaborative Conversations
4. An Independent Reading Staircase
5. Performance 

Attending to the information presented in the text, while recognizing assumptions, background knowledge, and biases held by the reader, helps the reader deeply understand that which is being read. Close reading is an instructional approach that teaches students to engage in all of these behaviors. As part of close reading, students encounter a text and read that text several times, often for different purposes and based on different questions. As part of close reading, teachers and students ask questions of the text. Some questions can be answered without having read the text; others require a deeper understanding and evidence from the text. In this session, we focus on questions that require repeated close readings in order to be answered. These questions include general understandings, key details, vocabulary and text structure, author’s purpose, inferences, and opinions and arguments. 

Sunday January 24, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Ballroom A-Atrium Level (Lobby)