Falling in Love with Close Reading Lessons for Analyzing Texts--And Life

ISBN-10: 0325050848

ISBN-13: 9780325050843

Edition: 2013

Authors: Christopher Lehman, Kate Roberts

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"Love brings us in close, leads us to study the details of a thing, and asks us to return again and again. These are the motivations and ideas that built this book." -Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts You and your students will fall for close reading. In Falling in Love with Close Reading, Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts show us that it can be rigorous, meaningful, and joyous. You'll empower students to not only analyze texts but to admire the craft of a beloved book, study favorite songs and videogames, and challenge peers in evidence-based discussions. Chris and Kate start with a powerful three-step close-reading ritual that students can apply to any text. Then they lay out practical, engaging lessons that not only guide students to independence in reading texts closely but also help them transfer this critical, analytical skill to media and even the lives they lead. Responsive to students' needs and field-tested in classrooms, these lessons include: strategies for close reading narratives, informational texts, and arguments suggestions for differentiation sample charts and student work from real classrooms connections to the Common Core State Standards a focus on viewing media and life in this same careful way. "We see the ritual of close reading not just as a method of doing the academic work of looking closely at text-evidence, word choice, and structure," write Chris and Kate, "but as an opportunity to bring those practices together to empower our students to see the subtle messages in texts and in their lives." Read Falling in Love with Close Reading and discover that the benefits and joy of close reading don't have to stop at the edge of the page.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Christopher Lehman is an international speaker, education consultant, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include: Pathways to the Common Core with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth; Falling In Love with Close Reading with Kate Roberts; Energize Research Reading and Writing; and A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers. His articles and interviews have appeared in many publications and popular blogs including Voices in the Middle; SmartBrief; EdWeek; Choice Literacy; and Talks with Teachers. Chris has been a middle school teacher; a high-school teacher; a literacy coach; and, for seven years, a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Working with schools around the world as an independent consultant and frequent keynote speaker, he supports educators, coaches, and administrators in developing rigorous and passionate literacy instruction across content areas. A graduate of UW-Madison, Chris went on to receive his M.A. in Teaching at NYU and his Ed.M. in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to consulting and writing, he serves as an educational advisor to the National Center for Families Learning in Washington, D.C., and as a project advisor on a joint NCTE/NCLE national education collaboration initiative. Follow Chris online! Twitter: @iChrisLehman Pinterest: /ChrisLehmanEdu Blog: ChristopherLehman.com

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Close Reading, A Love Story
What Close Reading Was, Is, and Can Be
What You Will Find in This Book
Teaching Within a Close Reading Ritual to Build Independence
Falling in Love with Close Reading
The Essence of Understanding: A Study of Text Evidence
The Tools of the Trade: Getting Ready to Close Read for Text Evidence
Standards and Close Reading for Text Evidence
Closely Reading Media: Engage Students Through Popular Songs and Text Evidence
More Than Just "Because": Closely Reading Narrative Texts to Analyze Evidence and Meaning
The Facts We Choose to Tell: Modifying the Lesson to Analyze Text Evidence in Informational Texts
Next Steps: Extensions and Support for Close Reading of Text Evidence
Additional Lessons for Providing Extra Support
Additional Lessons for Providing Advanced Work
Closely Reading Life: Looking at Specific Details in Our Lives
A Way with Words: A Study of Word Choice
The Tools of the Trade: Getting Ready to Close Read for Word Choice
Standards and Close Reading for Word Choice
Closely Reading Media: Engage Students Through Television Ads and Word Choice
"Macroscopic" vs. "Really Big": Closely Reading Informational Texts to Analyze Word Choice and Tone
"You Look Fine, Honey": Modifying This Lesson to Analyze Word Choice in Narrative Texts
Next Steps: Extensions and Support for Close Reading of Word Choice
Additional Lessons for Providing Extra Support
Additional Lessons for Providing Advanced Work
Closely Reading Life: Looking at Word Choice in Our Lives
If You Build It: A Study of Structure
The Tools of the Trade: Getting Ready to Close Read for Structure
Describing Organizational Choices
Describing the Purpose of Structural Choices
Standards and Close Reading for Structure
Closely Reading Media: Engage Students Through Video Games and Structure
How the Pieces Fit Together: Closely Reading Narrative Texts to Analyze Structure and Theme
Making the Invisible Visible: Modifying the Lesson to Analyze Structure in Informational Texts
Next Steps: Extensions and Support for Close Reading of Structure
Additional Lessons for Providing Extra Support
Additional Lessons for Providing Advanced Work
Closely Reading Life: Looking at Structure in Our Lives
Through Your Eyes: A Study of Point of View and Argument
The Tools of the Trade: Getting Ready to Close Read for Point of View and Argument
Closely Reading Media: Engage Students Through Evaluating Arguments in Political Commentary
Standards and Close Reading for Point of View and Argument
But It Seemed So Innocent! Closely Reading Informational Texts to Analyze Point of View and Argument
From Every Angle: Modifying This Lesson to Analyze Point of View and Argument in Narrative Texts
Next Steps: Extensions and Support for Close Reading of Point of View and Argument
Additional Lessons for Providing Extra Support
Additional Lessons for Providing Advanced Work
Closely Reading Life: Looking at Point of View and Argument in Our Lives
The Family Tree: Closely Reading Across Texts
Tools of the Trade: Getting Ready to Close Read Across Texts
Standards and Close Reading for Reading Across Texts
Closely Reading Media: Engage Students Through Comparing Sitcoms
"Stop Me If You Heard This One Before": Closely Reading Across Narrative Texts
There Is No I in Team: Modifying This Lesson to Closely Read Across Informational Texts
Next Steps: Extensions and Support for Close Reading Across Texts
Additional Lessons for Providing Extra Support
Additional Lessons for Providing Advanced Work
Closely Reading Life: Looking Across Texts in Our Lives
I Believe in You: A Vision of Independence
Putting It All Together: Allowing a Text to Guide Our Reading
Keeping the Love Alive: Preparing for Your Close Readers
Unconditional Love: An Endnote
Appendix
References
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