Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Close Reading - Section 3: Guided Practice


I knew going in that today's lesson was going to be a tough one! It only added to the frustration that is was over 90 degrees in the classroom! 

For the students, locating what text to highlight is the hardest part-they will be the first to tell you! In fact, one student did.  He raised his hand and said "Mrs. Rose, how do you know what to highlight?"  This was a great question and couldn't have come at a better time! 

We discussed how, as a critical reader, we are always looking for those clues in the text.  What details tell us about the plot, characters, conflict?  I told the students to start with that...and not to worry! We will get there! 

The students were very motivated to work with the text, they found success using the guided annotations and really seemed able to dig into the text.  It did show me that students need more practice "thinking" about the text.  They want to just find information that is "right there" and do struggle with drawing conclusions.

The big question I am still trying to solve is, how do I get the students to "think" about the text. 

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Close Reading

Unit 9: BootCamp
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use the strategies to closely read a text.

Big Idea: Students dive into some very complex text to analyze it using the close reading strategies.

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