GRADES 2-6 TEACHING MATERIAL PROVIDED USEFUL FOR NEW TEACHERS DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION
ENGLISH LEARNERS COMMON CORE EMPHASIS
“Read. Read. Read, everything!” William Faulkner uttered this decades ago, and his words still ring true. If we want to write, we need to be readers, and vice versa. It is through both reading and writing “up close,” however, that we begin to understand how to do both well. Come, to venture in.
During this workshop, participants will share ways they do “close reading” in several nonfiction genre. Text features have great impact on both reading and writing nonfiction, so they will be explored in a Question-the-Author format (Beck, et. al, 1997): Why this subheading? Why these bullets? Why this font, this amount of white space, this diagram or picture or label or chart?
Texts will be explored, too, with regard to their structure, development (elaboration and craft), and language conventions. With key features of text in mind, participants will engage in close writing opportunities that involve the writing process and publication (from newsletters to wikis, blogs, and websites). Participants will be allotted time to work on their own classroom materials.
Resources worth purchasing before hand, or at the Asilomar bookstore:
Close Reading in Elementary School: Bringing Readers and Texts Together, by Diana Sisson and Betsy Sisson (Routledge, 2014).
Note: This book not only has frameworks for “close reading” across the genre, but “close talks” and “close writes,” as well.
Resources participants can access online:
“Close Reading in Elementary Classrooms,” by Dr. Douglas Fisher (McGraw Hill)
“Close Reading in Elementary Schools,” by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey (The Reading Teacher, Vol. 66, #3, pp 179-188.)
“Writing to Read: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading,” by Steve Graham and Michael Hebert, Harvard Educational Review, Vol 81, #4, pp. 710-744. Winter 2011. (For you grant-writers out there!)
If possible, please read the article about close reading by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, “Close Reading in Elementary Schools,” The Reading Teacher, Volume 66 #3, pp. 179-188.