Thursday, August 8, 2013

CCSS Choosing Texts for Close Reading from RWT

We're all talking about close reading this summer, the kind that gets students thinking about a complex text through rereading.  Yet, not all texts are worthy of or good candidates for the kind of close reading the CCSS talk about.

I suggest you read the whole article but I am summarizing in my own words for my own memory! 

  • Quantitative complexity:
    • Even if the overall readability is relatively low, a section (paragraph, page, chapter) of the text may be more complex and a good choice for close reading.  
    • Often, but certainly not always, texts will be above students' independent reading level.
    • Gail Gibbons or Patricia Polacco texts are examples of quantitative complexity for primary students.

  • Qualitative complexity:                          
    • Figurative language is often worthy of a second (or third) look.
    • Organization and text features can make a text easier or more challenging.  
    • Vocabulary and word choice
    • Consider the register (formal to informal) in the text
    • Consider background knowledge 

  • Reader characteristics/task considerations:
    • Experiences as a reader
    • Student motivation 

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