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Story Elements Bookmarks

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Story Elements Bookmarks

Finding new and exciting ways to keep our kids engaged during guided reading can be a challenge. Doing the same things day in and day out can be exhausting and, let's face it, boring. I loved switching things up by using these story elements and genres bookmarks. They are easy to use and the kids loved them! WHAT ARE THEY? Now you might be asking yourself what makes these bookmarks so special. Not only are they print and go (which saves your sanity), they are also a great springboard to get your students to dive back into the text.  There...

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Close Reading Part 3: Text-Dependent Questions

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Close Reading Part 3: Text-Dependent Questions

Alrighty, we have talked about using evidence based terms and reading with a pencil. Next up is text-dependent questions Text-dependent questions are great because they bring students directly back into the text (hence the name). I've noticed in my experience, that it is easier to talk about our experiences with a topic or subject in a text than it is to actually talk about the text. The problem with that is that only those who already have experience or background knowledge about that topic will be able to engage in the discussion. We want our kiddos to spend as much...

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Close Reading Part 2: Three Readings and Reading with a Pencil

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Close Reading Part 2: Three Readings and Reading with a Pencil

Okay I know I'm supposed to do it, but what is it? Alrighty, I'm going to try and explain the steps in a close read. It will be thrilling, exciting and daring I promise! :)   The first thing I need to point out is that close reading is NOT in the common core standards. It is a practice through which the standards are met. It's a process of "thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep understanding of the text's form, craft, meanings etc." (baburke@aacrc.net 2013) Now all...

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Close Reading Part 1: Evidence Based Terms

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Close Reading Part 1: Evidence Based Terms

When our district first started implementing the common core about two-ish years ago I started hearing the words "close reading". I won't lie, at first I thought everyone was saying "cloze reading". I honestly kept thinking "Cloze reading is supposed to be the next big thing? This is the next thing that will save us all? This has been around forever!" Then we had a professional development on it and I was too embarrassed (until now obviously) to tell anyone what I had thought. After the first professional development we had I was still confused. It seemed to me like...

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