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Close Reading and Writing about Literature

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Resources Used Today...and more

Today's Learning Goals

  1. Explore strategies for teaching students to read analytically to move beyond retelling the literal to inferring conceptual ideas.
  2. Explore strategies for teaching students to write analysis of texts.  
  3. Use technology to support and enhance close reading, discussion, and analyses of texts.




Session Agenda

8:30 - 8:40  Getting Acquainted with Each Other and Session Materials 

Common Core Close Reading      


Model Lesson 1:

Moving from the Literal to the Abstract

10:00-10:10  BREAK

Model Lesson 1 Debrief 


Model Lesson 2:  

Moving from Thinking to Writing 

11:30-12:30 LUNCH



Q & A and Tech Exploration Time:  

Sharing How-To's & Resources


1:30-1:40 BREAK

Model Lesson 3:

Examining Relationships Among Details in a Text


Silent Discussion Walk 


Model Lesson 3 Debrief


Reflect and Evaluate Session



Session Descriptor:

Looking for ideas to get kids close reading literature? In this session, geared to 6-12 English Language Arts teachers, participants will learn classroom strategies to engage students in close reading and analytic writing. Participants will leave the session armed with resources and strategies for designing their own literary analysis tasks and engaging students in close reading. Additionally participants will gain several model texts and writing tasks to use with students and graphic organizers and strategies for writing literary analyses. 


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