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Close Reading of Informational Text:

Practical Strategies to Help Students Use Critical Reading Habits to Meet Your State Standards
(Grades 3-5)

Presented by Jacqueline Colaneri
Outstanding Teacher, Trainer and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Educators Working with Students in Grades 3 5: Classroom Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches and Consultants, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Teachers of English Language Learners, and Administrators

  • Practical, ready-to-use strategies, tools and templates to help students achieve state standards through close reading of informational text
  • Close reading strategies that address complex text and how it changes the way we teach students to understand what they read
  • Sample lesson plans for close reading of informational text to guide students toward independence
  • Bibliography of print and electronic sources of short informational text, perfect for close reading
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with classroom-ready materials and resources to make close reading an integral part of your instruction for grades 3-5 students

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Strong and proficient reading and writing are fundamental skills for success in school and in your state literacy standards. Students are expected to read and understand more complex informational text at a much higher level of analysis and application. Close reading strategies can greatly help your students to begin to read with purpose and identify key evidence in text that will increase their comprehension. In addition, it will impact students’ thinking skills while they read, giving them the necessary tools to observe and analyze text for both content and craft.

During this fast-paced day with outstanding presenter, Jacqueline Colaneri, you will learn what close reading looks like and how you can teach these strategies to your students to utilize when reading informational text. You will leave with specific “how to” steps and a wealth of ideas to make close reading happen in your classroom. This highly practical, idea-packed seminar has been developed specifically for all teachers working with students in grades 3-5.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies to Teach Students the Practice of Close Reading of Informational Text
    Discover specific and intentional strategies you can use immediately to teach your grades 3-5 students the practice of close reading … Give your students the tools they need to comprehend more challenging informational text
  2. View Close Reading in Context: How it Impacts Shared, Guided and Independent Reading in the Content Areas
    Practical strategies to use close reading techniques during informational reading in whole class, guided and independent reading … How to select materials and assess your readers’ competence
  3. Construct Text-Dependent Questions for Close Reading of Informational Text
    An effective set of text-dependent questions guides students in identifying key meanings or ideas found in text … How you can create powerful text-dependent questions that are aligned with grade-specific standards
  4. Ready-to-Use, Response-to-Reading Activities
    Classroom-proven, lead-up activities and graphic organizers that teach students key skills in your state standards including word choice, organizing research, text structure, and more … All ideas are ready for you to use immediately in your classroom
  5. Specific Ways to Use Close Reading Practices to Scaffold Students to Increase Their Comprehension of Informational Text
    Learn how close reading changes the way we support readers before, during and after instruction to maximize their comprehension of informational text
  6. Identify What Close Reading Is and Isn’t – and Understand Why it is So Crucial Right Now
    Close reading is a term frequently associated with state standards, but can you define it? Learn to identify the attributes of close reading to understand how it is different from past practices in reading instruction
  7. Analyze Informational Text for Complex Features that Makes it Suitable for Close Reading
    In addition to Lexile level, what are the qualitative features of a text that makes it suitable for close reading? Learn to analyze any text for its qualitative complexities before using it for close reading with your students
  8. Identify the Key Expectations Your State Standards Outline for Informational Text in Grades 3, 4 and 5
    Note the specificity of each grade level’s expectations and the new emphasis on informational text … Practical ideas you can use right away
  9. Create and View Close Reading Lessons
    View developed lessons and learn to create your own for close reading of informational text to guide students toward independence … You will leave with lessons you can immediately utilize in your own classroom
  10. Ideas to Assess Students’ Ability to Apply What They Have Learned from Close Reading

    Create oral and written follow-up activities that will integrate reading and writing in meaningful ways and assess what students have gained from close reading

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Highly effective, practical strategies to teach your students how to close read complex informational text in grades 3-5
  • How close reading will change reading instruction, suggesting important modifications to shared, guided and independent reading
  • Learn to interpret Lexile and word count and how these impact informational text selection for close reading
  • Take a new, fresh look at vocabulary instruction, questioning and summarizing skills
  • Practical ideas to approach informational text before reading to best prepare students to read closely
  • Help students observe key details in a text and analyze the text for content and craft to identify as much meaning as possible during the first read
  • How to choose a focus point when returning to an anchor text to reread for deeper comprehension and attention to literacy standards
  • Create powerful text-dependent questions aligned with individual grade-specific standards – especially questions that relate to under-represented standards
  • Teach to a purpose rather than an objective for close reading of informational text in order for students to identify key evidence
  • Ways to address the specificity of each grade level’s expectations to meet the new emphasis in informational reading
  • Enhance the impact of close reading informational text by teaching valuable habits of mind that lead to student motivation and success
  • Identify key elements of your state standards expectations for reading more complex informational text in grades 3, 4 and 5
  • Examine selected potential texts identified in your state standards for close reading

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

These are challenging times in education. State standards add to that challenge with the increased rigor expected of students as they prepare for college and career. Teaching for close reading emphasizes careful attention to every detail of the text itself and represents a significant departure from the way we have approached reading with students in the recent past. The last decade or so has seen a focus on reader response and personal connections that often take students outside the text and into their own minds rather than deeper into the text and into the mind of the author.

I am enthusiastic about the potential of close reading as a means of impacting students’ capacity to think about and analyze the information they read. I see this potential come to life in elementary classrooms where I am privileged to explore this with children, pushing the limits of their thinking with close examination of informational passages and primary sources that we previously would have written off as too difficult. Now we see what students can do with text when they are given the tools to observe and analyze both its content and craft.

In this practical seminar, I will share with you specific and intentional strategies you can begin to use immediately to teach your students the practice of close reading of informational text.

More than simply a day of fun activities aimed at enlivening your classroom, this seminar sets its sights on changing the face of your reading instruction and building on what you know and already do well to launch your students toward new heights in reading comprehension. This means acquiring new knowledge, new skills and new resources to get you there. I will provide all three of these in a practical, teacher-friendly way that engages your imagination as it informs your practice. Return to your classroom ready to take on your state standards challenge with close reading as a means of achieving that goal.

Sincerely,
Jacqueline Colaneri

P.S. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook packed with ready-to-use tools that will facilitate the immediate implementation of close reading in your grades 3-5 classrooms.

Who Should Attend

Educators Working with Students in Grades 3 5: Classroom Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches and Consultants, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Teachers of English Language Learners, 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:

  • Informational reading for grades 3, 4 and 5, identifying grade-level specificity
  • A step-by-step guide to creating text-dependent questions for close analytical reading of informational text and a checklist for evaluating question quality
  • Lexile chart and checklist to analyze any text for its qualitative complexities before using it for close reading with your students
  • Bibliography of short informational text for close reading appropriate for grades 3-5
  • Sample lesson plans and templates for close reading of informational text

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in close reading to enhance their grades 3-5 programs.

Consultation Available
Jacqueline Colaneri will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your school(s) or district.

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!

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