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Practical Ways to Help Students Better Use Analytical Reading Strategies to Increase Comprehension
(Grades 3-6)

Presented by Kay Law
Outstanding Teacher and Nationally Recognized Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Educators Working with Students in Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches and Consultants, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • Practical, ready-to-use strategies, tools and templates to help students better achieve your state standards through close reading
  • Close reading strategies that address text complexity and how it changes the way we teach students to understand what they read
  • Sample lesson plans for the close reading of fiction, informational text and poetry that begin where your students can be successful and guide them toward independence
  • Collaborative written response samples that support English Language Learners and struggling readers after close reading
  • Print and electronic sources of short text – perfect for close reading
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with classroom-ready materials and resources to immediately make close reading a more integral part of your literacy instruction

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Strong and proficient reading and writing skills are fundamental for success in school. Students are now expected to read and understand more complex text at much higher levels of analysis and application. Close reading strategies can greatly help your students to read with purpose and identify key evidence in text that will increase their comprehension. Close reading strategies are ways to impact students’ thinking skills while they read and give them the tools to observe and analyze text for both content and craft.

During this fast-paced day with outstanding presenter, Kay Law, you will learn what close reading looks like and how you can more effectively teach the strategies to your students. You will leave with specific “how to” steps and a wealth of ideas to make it happen in your classroom. This highly practical, idea-packed seminar has been developed specifically for all teachers serving students in grades 3-6.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Take a Closer Look at Close Reading
    Learn the critical attributes of close reading to understand how it compares to your current literacy practices … How to maximize it to improve your students’ comprehension of complex text
  2. Practical Strategies to Use Close Reading to Scaffold Students and Increase Comprehension
    Recognize how close reading changes the way we scaffold readers as we get them ready to read, guide them through text and help them monitor their understanding after reading to maximize comprehension … Lesson planning will look different!
  3. More Effectively Incorporate the Key Principles of Close Reading
    Key considerations will be addressed to help you bring close reading to life in your classroom in a systematic way that makes implementation manageable instead of overwhelming … Strategies you can use immediately!
  4. View Close Reading in Context … How it Impacts Shared, Guided and Independent Reading
    Practical strategies to use close reading techniques during your established reading routines in whole class, guided and independent reading time … Which text is best to use and ways to assess your readers’ competence
  5. Plan for Both Depth and Breadth of Understanding in Reading
    Learn how to build coherence over a week of close reading using an anchor text … Discover how to plan for increasingly complex text over longer periods of time
  6. Recognize the Challenges Faced by English Language Learners and Struggling Readers
    In light of what your state standards expect from all students, consider what will be easy for ELLs and struggling readers, what will be more difficult and what your close reading instruction should emphasize
  7. View Close Reading Across Multiple Text Types Including Narrative, Informative and Argumentative Forms
    Dig deeper into close reading techniques not only during established reading routines but during science, social studies and writing classes as well … Discover how to create oral and written follow-up tasks
  8. Learn How to Analyze Text for Complex Features that Make it Suitable for Close Reading
    Beyond Lexile level, what are the qualitative features of a text that make it suitable for close reading? Learn to analyze any text for its qualitative complexities before using it for close reading with your students
  9. Increase Your Students’ Academic Vocabulary with Strategies for Learning Rich Words and Language
    A student’s ability to determine a word’s meaning from context is essential in the increasingly complex text called for in your state standards … Learn how to determine which words to focus on before reading and which to analyze in context
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook with Ready-to-Use Templates, Charts, Bibliographies, Sample Lesson Plans, and More to Make Close Reading Come Alive with Your Students
    Each participant will receive a resource handbook chock-full of classroom-ready materials to immediately make close reading an integral part of your literacy instruction!

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical ways to teach your students to use close reading strategies to increase their reading skills and success with your state standards
  • Implement close reading in easy steps… Whether a novice or a veteran to close reading, you will receive even more strategies to dig deeper into analytical reading
  • Benefits of using short text for close reading, including types of literary and informational short text and where to find them
  • How to interpret Lexile and word count and how these impact texts selected for close reading
  • New ways of viewing what’s important for vocabulary instruction
  • Text-based strategies to strengthen students’ literacy
  • Address vocabulary so you can find teachable moments as students encounter the most powerful words during close reading
  • Analysis of text-dependent questions to determine their attention to a full range of standards
  • Innovative inference and comprehension strategies
  • How to approach a text before reading to best prepare students for close reading, including some big shifts in the way we support students
  • How to help students observe key details in a text and analyze the text for both content and craft to identify as much evidence as possible during a first reading
  • How to choose focus points when returning to an anchor text to re-read for deeper comprehension and attention to other literacy standards
  • Create powerful, text-dependent questions matched to individual standards, especially questions that relate to under-represented standards
  • Incorporate writing to allow students to show what they’ve learned by referencing the text
  • How to encourage readers to read both closely and independently by asking themselves a series of questions to construct meaning from text
  • \How close reading will change the literacy block, suggesting important modifications to shared, guided and independent reading

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

With higher standards now being implemented throughout the United States, many of us in the classroom are asking how we can provide quality reading programs that encourage rigor and challenge when students seem to struggle with these new elevated expectations. We know that all students must be able to comprehend both literary and informational texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. Although state standards do not prescribe specific teaching methods, the practice of close reading has been recognized as an important strategy for improving readers’ comprehension of text.

Students must be able to read closely, and comprehend independently and proficiently, the kinds of complex texts commonly found in college and careers. Through thoughtful scaffolding, designed to help students read deeply and analytically, I believe we can reach that goal!
Together, we will explore the big ideas and questions concerning close reading for grades 3-6 students. I will identify the key components of effective close reading strategies for every classroom. We can help our students attend to the detail of text, including vocabulary, syntax and author’s craft choices. We can balance rigor of learning with the interests and motivation of the student.

This seminar will show you how to utilize close reading strategies that will increase your students’ stamina and ability to stay engaged longer in more complex text. I will show you how to get started, from selecting the texts to creating text-dependent questions, to help your students re-read and analyze the text. Using tiered vocabulary, comprehension strategies and innovative thinking strategies with more complex texts, we will help our grades 3-6 students reach higher levels of reading performance.

Finally, I will share with you the best, most effective and easy-to-implement resources at our grade levels that will insure our students are reading and understanding at an analytical level and will continue to advance as they move into middle and high school. By using close reading strategies effectively, I am confident our students will move forward in reading independently and proficiently.

Kay Law

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 classroom.

Who Should Attend

Grades 3-6 Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches and Consultants, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, 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:

  • Lesson-planning templates for close reading
  • Sample lesson plans for close reading with poetry, informational text and narrative selections
  • A guide for implementing close reading in your classroom
  • A resource list of short texts for close reading appropriate at the intermediate grade level
  • Mini-lessons for developing students’ close reading strategies you can start using immediately
  • A guide for instructing students on citing evidence to support their writing

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

Consultation Available
Kay Law will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your school 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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