Teaching Close Reading? Genius.it!

Teaching close reading is a painstakingly difficult task. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes creativity. There is no doubt that once students understand the nuances of HOW to conduct a close reading, that their comprehension skills and ability to think thoughtfully AND critically will get better. The problem is how to get them to this point.

Some educators argue that we should supplant close reading with connected reading. And as much as I agree with this school of thought, I think close reading still has a place as one of the skills that students need to have. But why can’t we do both? Couldn’t connected reading and close reading coexist?

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