Teaching in High Heels

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Close Reading for Little Learners

Here in Texas we don't have Common Core Standards...but we do have our TEKS...and let me tell 'ya they're not that much different from CC. The high expectations and rigor are present in both sets of standards...our students are required to learn so much...and not only that...they need to be able to think critically, analyze, and evaluate...even our little ones! 

In the primary grades our focus is teaching our students how to read...but not just how to decode and read fluently...they also need to be able to comprehend and think critically about the text they read. 

In comes close reading.
Close reading is a reading strategy in which readers critically examine a text through repeated readings. Close reading allows students to dig deeper into the text and answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how. It helps our little learners to look for story structure patterns, new vocabulary, key details, author’s purpose and inferential meanings.
Close reading is engaging and has a defined purpose. It teaches our students to become analytical readers and pay attention to the details in the text.

How do you close read with our tiniest readers you ask?
One way to do it is through nursery rhymes! 
They're rich in vocabulary and build both fluency and comprehension skills. 
Love them!

To help some of my struggling students...I have created 
Here's what you can find inside the unit: 
What do you think?
Will you be able to use it with your little learners? 
I hope so!

If you'd like...leave a comment below for a chance to win this unit...I'll select a winner sometime tomorrow evening. 

Good luck! ;)

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