Literacy Newsletter 3-12-15

Close Reading- Phase 4


On this month's tech call, we review the first 3 phases of close reading and focused on Phase 4 of close reading: what does the text inspire you to do?

Effective Close Reading:

Phases of Close Reading:

1: What does the text say? (Literal meaning: general idea, key details)

2: How does text work? (vocab, text structure, author's style)

3. What does the text mean? (author's purpose and inferences)

4: What does the text inspire you to do? (action oriented questions or tasks)

Another way to think of it...

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A Guide to Close Reading

Take a minute to look over this guide to close reading:

Phase 4

Phase 4: What does the text inspire you to do?

After completing the first 3 phases of close reading, students should apply the knowledge they have gained through the close read to create a culminating project or activity.

All tasks should include:

Student inquiry

Student choice

Attention to text

Transfer of knowledge to create something new

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Individualizing Task Design

Keep in mind that you do not always need to create a Phase 4 task before reading. As you move through the process of close reading with your students, you can see where students can take their own ideas. You'll start to see areas of student focus, and THEN you can create activities for them based on their own interests.

-What are their questions?

-What interests them?

Small group and individual tasks are encouraged!

Examples of Phase 4 activities

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Resources for Phase 4 Task Design

Plan for inquiry. RIGOR. Allow for student choice. INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY!

Culminating Discussions

Plan a class debate or a "socratic seminar" (for older grades). See the link below for more information on Socractic seminars

Research Projects

FINDING: Students need to use varied approaches and tools for research. It is important they know not only how to search, but how to evaluate what is credible information.

USING: need to know how to keep it organized, (use digital versions) and how to cite sources

PRODUCING: Students need to know how to synthesize and present information in their own words. There should be feedback from teachers and peers

SHARING: Students will want to share their work. Think of all the awesome ways to share, from videos on Youtube, to powerpoints, to oral presentations...

Writing tasks

Writing tasks CAN be creative! Check out these ideas:
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Creative Tasks for Phase 4

Check out the website below for some creative Phase 4 task ideas!

Webtools for Presentations

Click the link below for a great resource on different webtools to use for student presentations.

A note on RIGOR

What is rigor?

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