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Folder 2d - Teacher Supports - Information on Active Reading

A Primer of Close Reading of Text
This document, written by Sheila Brown and Lee Kappes, was recently been released by The Aspen Institute. The article defines close reading, discusses the role of background knowledge in reading comprehension and outlines considerations regarding the implementation of Close Reading.

Active Reading Rubric
Active Reading Rubric Apr 26, 2012 3:25 PM CDT This Active Reading Rubric provides teacher and student with a means of assessing students’ skills in annotating text.

Close Reading Lesson – Mother to Son
This sample close reading lesson is part of the 5th grade module of the same name. The entire module can be found in Folder 5 of the Library.

Close Reading Lesson – Mother to Son
This sample close reading lesson is part of the 5th grade module of the same name. The entire module can be found in Folder 5 of the Library.

Elementary Text Structure Signals
This elementary anchor chart provides pictorial support along with signal questions and signal words that are used with the text structures of cause/effect, compare/contrast, sequence, problem/solution, and description.

Elementary Text Structure – Cause and Effect
This elementary anchor chart could be a great resource when teaching cause and effect signal words.

Elementary Text Structure – Compare and Contrast
This elementary anchor chart highlights signal words used when comparing and contrasting.

Elementary Text Structure – Description
This elementary anchor chart offers visuals along with signal words to use when describing something.

Elementary Text Structure – Description 2
This elementary anchor chart offers signal words to use when describing something.

Elementary Text Structure – Problem and Solution
This elementary anchor chart offers signal words to use when identifying a problem and a solution to the problem.

Elementary Text Structure – Problem and Solution 2
This elementary anchor chart offers signal words for the problem, evidence, possible solutions and result(s).

Elementary Text Structure – Sequence
This elementary anchor chart provides signal words for sequencing a series or steps. A pictorial example about the life cycle of a butterfly is offered.

Elementary Text Structure – Sequence 2
This elementary anchor chart offers signal words for sequencing a series or steps.

I Have a Dream Close Reading Recording Sheet
This sample recording sheet is for a close reading lesson using the corresponding I Have a Dream excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech. This lesson includes multiple reads during multiple lessons, requiring students to revisit and cite the text.

I Have a Dream Excerpt for Close Reading Lesson
This excerpt of MLK’s famous speech is the text for the corresponding Close Reading Recording Sheet.

Metacognitive Strategies for Understanding Text
This document states and defines metacognitive strategies for comprehending text. This tool provides a visual and bulleted definition for each strategy and can be effectively used with students.

Online Resources for Locating Text
This document lists and describes 8 different websites to assist teachers in locating appropriate text for student use

Sample Close Reading Lesson
This sample lesson supports implementing CCSS Anchor Reading Standards 1 and 10. Included are a sample primary source close reading document, suggested student recording format and a brief lesson plan overview.

Scoring Annotated Text – Should the US Have a National Health Care System
A teacher and R-Coach reviews a high school student’s annotation of a text. She utilizes the Active Reading Rubric to analyze the student sample. A lesson description, student sample and scored active reading rubric are available for download.

Corresponding video is available in the Video Gallery to the right.

Scoring Annotated Text – Walmart: Good or Evil
A teacher and R-Coach reviews a high school student’s annotation of a text. She utilizes the Active Reading Rubric to analyze the student sample. A lesson description, student sample and scored active reading rubric are available for download.

Corresponding video is available in the Video Gallery to the right.

Sentence Frames - Reading
This file contains several reading reflection protocols to help students organize their thinking during and after active reading.

Student Essay Scoring LDC (companion PDF)
This is the companion document that goes with the video Scoring an Argumentitive Essay, in which a teacher/R-Coach thinks aloud as she scores a student's argumentative essay.

This file has related content that can be found in the RELATED CONTENT box on the right.

Teaching How to Write a Claim
This powerpoint with voice-over provides practical, classroom-tested strategies and activities to use with students when teaching the mini-task of Establishing a Claim.

Teaching How to Write a Thesis Statement / Controlling Idea
This powerpoint with voice-over provides practical, classroom-tested strategies and activities to use with students when teaching the mini-task of Writing a Controlling Idea.

Text Complexity – Powerpoint
This powerpoint offers considerations in choosing texts for your LDC module to align to the expectations for text complexity as outlined in the CCSS.

Text Structure Summary
This document contains a summary of the text structures of description, sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and problem/solution. It provides a description, signal words, possible graphic organizers, summary questions and sentence frames for each text structure.

The Challenge of Challenging Text
This ASCD article in Educational Leadership by Shanahan, Fisher and Frey discusses features of text complexity (vocabulary, sentence structure, coherence, organization, background knowledge) and what teachers can do about text complexity.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar12/vol69/num06/The-Challenge-of-Challenging-Text.aspx

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Writing Next, Carnegie Corporation
This 2007 Carnegie Corporation report discusses effective strategies to improve writing of adolescents in middle and high schools. Based upon research, the report identifies 11 effective elements of writing instruction in grades 4 to 12.

http://www.all4ed.org/files/WritingNext.pdf

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Writing to Read, Carnegie Corporation
This 2010 report from the Carnegie Corporation discusses evidence for how writing can improve reading. The report discusses current research and makes recommendations for using writing to enhance students’ reading.

http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications/WritingToRead_01.pdf

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