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Close Reading Strategies to Boost the Comprehension of Your Struggling Readers

(Grades K-6)

Presented by Denise Gudwin
Outstanding Teacher, Author and Nationally Recognized Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Resource Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Instructional Aides, and Administrators

  • Close reading strategies that help struggling students better understand what they read
  • Practical, ready-to-use strategies, tools, and templates to help struggling readers better achieve greater depths of reading comprehension through closer reading and analysis of text
  • Proven instructional and intervention strategies that will increase the reading comprehension and achievement of your struggling readers
  • Sample lesson plan ideas for close reading of fiction and informational text to guide struggling readers toward greater independence
  • A sampling of print and digital sources of short text, perfect for close reading lessons for struggling readers
  • Receive an extensive close reading strategies resource handbook filled with classroom-ready materials and resources

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Close reading strategies can greatly help your struggling readers to begin to read with purpose and identify key evidence in text that will increase their comprehension. Close reading strategies will impact students’ thinking skills while they read, giving them the necessary tools to observe and analyze text. Teaching for close reading emphasizes careful attention to every detail of the text itself and represents a significant shift from the way we have approached reading with students in the past.

During this strategy-filled seminar with outstanding presenter, Denise Gudwin, you will learn what enhanced close reading looks like with struggling readers through dozens of highly practical methods to raise reading achievement, recognizing the unique needs of struggling readers. Learn how to offer rigorous instruction within a variety of experiences to achieve an increase of reading comprehension, while accommodating the specific needs of struggling readers.

You will leave this highly practical, idea-packed, seminar with a renewed sense of purpose, specific “how to” steps and an enriched understanding of close reading, utilizing a wealth of strategies to make it happen in your classroom!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Identify What Close Reading Looks Like for Readers Who Struggle with Comprehension
    “Analyze, read closely, dig deeper, read like a detective, ask the right questions” … Learn what this really looks and sounds like in proven instructional practices ideal for struggling readers
  2. Gain New Insight to the Challenges of Reading Deeply Faced by Readers Who Struggle
    Consider what is easy and what is more difficult for your struggling readers to guide your planning and implementation of what your close reading instruction should emphasize, including rereading, frontloading, annotations, collaborative conversations, and more
  3. Learn and Apply the Principles of Close Reading with Struggling Readers
    Use key considerations to help you bring close reading to life in your classroom in a way that makes implementation more manageable for readers who struggle … Strategies you can use immediately!
  4. Take a Closer Look at Close Reading with Struggling Readers: How it Impacts Whole Group, Small Group and Independent Reading
    Understand how practical techniques can be effectively used during your established reading routines in whole class, small group and independent reading
  5. Plan for Increasing Both Stamina and Perseverance in Reading for Comprehension
    Learn how to build resilience, stamina and perseverance for week-long lessons of close reading using anchor text … Discover how to plan for multiple readings of one text and the use of increasingly complex text over longer periods of time
  6. Utilize Close Reading to Tackle Text Complexity and Increase Comprehension for Struggling Readers
    Recognize how close reading changes the way we support struggling readers before, during and after instruction to maximize comprehension … Learn practical ways to prepare struggling readers to read, guide them through text and monitor their understanding
  7. Increase the Volume of Meaningful Reading for Your Struggling Readers for Maximum Gains
    Combine reading, writing and oral discussion as a strong foundation of learning for struggling readers while exploring literature circles, book clubs and booktalks as effective strategies for embracing close reading
  8. Master the Art of Questioning
    Ask the right questions that support your students’ analysis of text, paving their way to success … Teach them how to create and ask the questions that will help them read more closely
  9. Increase Your Struggling Readers’ Motivation to Learn and Apply Close Reading Strategies
    Learn how to use close reading to build social and emotional readiness as well as cognitive capacities to transfer those important skills to a variety of texts and settings … It is well worth the effort to help struggling readers see the benefits of close reading in their own reading comprehension
  10. Receive an Extensive Close Reading Strategies Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive a resource handbook filled with ready-to-use strategies, sample lesson ideas, graphic organizers, references, resources, and more to make close reading come alive in your literacy instruction

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • How to make best use of close reading strategies as a powerful tool to accelerate progress for struggling readers
  • Proven ways to combine reading, writing and oral discussion while exploring literature circles, book clubs and booktalks, as effective strategies for embracing close reading
  • How to increase your struggling readers’ motivation, stamina and perseverance to learn and apply close reading strategies by using FMP every day!
  • Multiple ways to build on your current, best practices with additional strategies for rereading, frontloading, annotating, collaborative conversations, vocabulary, character analysis, summarizing, and questioning
  • Time-efficient ways to evaluate the benefits of using short text for close reading with a variety of texts and resources
  • Practical strategies that encourage students to analyze, read closely, dig deeper, read like a detective, and ask the right questions
  • Ways to support struggling readers as we get them ready to read, guide them through text and monitor their understanding
  • How to bring close reading to life in your classroom in a way that makes implementation manageable, instead of overwhelming, for readers who struggle
  • How to approach text before reading to best prepare struggling readers for close reading – including some big shifts in the way we support and scaffold struggling readers’ learning
  • How to plan for multiple readings of one text and the use of increasingly complex text over longer periods of time
  • New insights into the challenges of reading deeply faced by readers who struggle
  • The right questions that support your students’ analysis of text, paving their way to success … Teach them how to create and ask the questions that will help them read more closely
  • Explore close reading for struggling readers … See how it impacts whole group, small group and independent reading
  • Techniques to encourage struggling readers to read both closely and independentlyby asking themselves a series of questions to construct meaning from text

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I feel fortunate in my career as an educator that I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles to support students who struggle. I have been a special education teacher and administrator; I have provided support as a reading specialist and a curriculum support specialist; I have worked at the classroom level, school level and the central office level. By far, the most rewarding experience of my past 38 years in the field of education has been building those “ah-ha” reading moments with the children who need us the most.

Students who struggle in reading are expected to read and understand more complex text at a much higher level of analysis and application. This has been an upward trend throughout my years in education. “Close reading” is not new, but there is new research to support the strategies we use with our students. Reading comprehension is critical for the academic success of all students, yet we all know that it is the largest stumbling block for many. My goals in this seminar reflect the needs that I hear from working with teachers and administrators throughout the country. During our day together, I will provide you with a variety of practical strategies that you can implement the very next day. I will share real-life stories and evidence-based strategies that will help your struggling readers make sense of reading closely and deeply to increase their comprehension. You’ll learn some of the latest information about reading comprehension and accessing text successfully, as well as the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of it all to validate what you are already implementing. I’ll provide a variety of new teaching strategies, including the organizational tools you’ll need for an effective transition with your group of struggling readers.

I look forward to meeting with you and sharing some of my knowledge and experiences! I know your take-away will be dozens of ideas and strategies that will increase your students’ reading comprehension through deeper and closer reading. If you are lucky enough to attend as part of a team, it will be a bonus for you to share information with each other, but whether you are here on your own or in a group, we will work collaboratively to reach and teach our students and not let them drown in the process.

Sincerely,
Denise Gudwin, Ph.D.

P.S. Remember, the focus of this seminar is on highly practical ways to maximize the full potential of close reading and comprehension to better support your students who struggle in reading.

Who Should Attend

Educators working with students in grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Close reading strategies ideal for struggling readers
  • Sample short texts and resources that encourage struggling readers to read closely and deeply
  • Questioning techniques that increase struggling readers’ success in close reading
  • Mini-lesson ideas for developing students’ close reading strategies

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators who are interested in practical ways to improve reading achievement of struggling readers in grades K-6.

Consultation Available
Denise Gudwin will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own reading program for struggling readers.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!