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Close Reading of Informational Texts: Assessment-Driven Instruction in Grades 3-8 Paperback – November 29, 2012

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462507816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462507818
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This wonderful book presents classroom-tested, research-based strategies in an area of instruction that many teachers are grappling with as they begin to implement the Common Core State Standards. Cummins addresses each aspect of the instructional cycle, showing how to: create rigorous and engaging tasks that invite students to dig into informational text, assess their current level of understanding, and move them to deeper levels of analysis. The Study Guide at the end of the book is ideal for study groups and professional learning communities. I can hardly wait for this book to be published so I can get copies for our teachers."--Ellen Fogelberg, MST, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools, Evanston/Skokie (Illinois) School District 65

"Cummins provides a comprehensive instructional framework to engage and empower grades 3-8 learners to read for deep meaning. Because close reading involves thoughtful analysis at the word, phrase, paragraph, and section levels of text, students learn to read beyond a superficial level of comprehension. I definitely recommend this book for use in introductory courses on elementary or middle-level literacy instruction. It also is a valuable tool for professional development contexts in public schools."--Richard T. Vacca, PhD, Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies (Emeritus), Kent State University

"As a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher, I am always seeking to integrate learning--to bring standards, content learning, and student interests together and develop critical thinking in my students. Cummins's book shows how to do just that. She recognizes that students need to develop the skills of reading nonfiction material carefully and with a focus on meaning. This is a perfect resource for practicing teachers to use on their own or as part of professional learning communities."--Joanne Toft, MA, classroom teacher, Jenny Lind Elementary School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"This is one of those books teachers will keep within reach when planning instruction. Cummins offers practical guidance for teaching general comprehension strategies for informational text, including examples of lessons, assessments of student work, and approaches for addressing stumbling blocks. I especially appreciate her discussions of the importance of selecting and analyzing various texts prior to instruction, and that her approach to the concept of close reading does not negate the roles of the reader and prior knowledge. While the book is appropriate for practicing teachers, it will also be helpful for preservice middle grades teachers. It would be an ideal complement to texts on specific disciplinary literacies."--Lettie K. Albright, PhD, Department of Reading, Texas Woman's University


"Cummins strives to present a systematic method of helping students read for deep meaning….The immediately noted strength of this approach for students is its interactive nature….Teachers are provided actual classroom scenarios and coaching prompts on how to respond to students. Cummins['s] observations as well as suggestions for how lessons could be adapted for a variety of learners and ideas for follow up instruction based on a student’s stage of development at each lesson in the continuum. The book content is….rich with implementation suggestions, lesson plans using informational children’s books, and actual student work." --The California Reader
(The California Reader 2013-10-16)

About the Author

Sunday Cummins, PhD, is a literacy consultant and facilitator for the New Schools Project at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Formerly, she was Assistant Professor of Education in the Reading and Language Department at National Louis University. Prior to teaching at National Louis, Dr. Cummins worked in the public schools for 10 years as a middle school and third-grade teacher and as a literacy coach. Dr. Cummins has written articles for The Reading Teacher and Talking Points, and shares her work on teaching with informational texts by presenting at state, national, and international conferences. Her website is www.Sunday-Cummins.com.

More About the Author

Sunday Cummins is a literacy consultant and a facilitator on the New Schools Project for the Erikson Institute. She has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught at National Louis University from 2007-2012 in the Reading Program and she worked in the public schools for ten years prior to that as a middle school and third grade classroom teacher and as a literacy coach.

She continues to teach and learn alongside educators and students as a literacy consultant, author, and researcher with a focus on reading and writing informational texts. She shares her work on the power of teaching with nonfiction texts to transform students' thinking by presenting at state, national, and international conferences. She has published articles in The Reading Teacher, Book Links, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Talking Points and has a website on teaching with nonfiction texts at www.sunday-cummins.com.

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Feel like I could try things right away and that I have back-up to think about how it went.
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Sunday Cummins writes in a way that keeps the reader engaged and allows the reader to follow along with clear cut examples, charts, and tables.
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Dr. Cummins' work with informational text stems from her day in and day out work alongside students and teachers in the classroom.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By amy stuckey on January 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
The release of Sunday Cummins' book, Close Reading of Informational Text, is very timely. It seems everyone in the literacy field is talking about close reading; What is it? What does it look like in the classroom? How do I teach that way? How will my students respond? Sunday's book answers those questions and more through first hand experiences in real classrooms. As educators we look for resources that provide practical, explicit suggestions we can use immediately. Ms Cummins' book delivers! This is the kind of professional resource I will reference regularly to support me in my planning & instruction.
Classroom teachers, Reading Specialists, Administrators all will benefit greatly from reading this book. Sunday's book gets to the heart of true PLC work in literacy; content, assessment, differentiation, something few books out there offer classroom teachers.
Sunday Cummins, thank you for providing the field of education with a resource that is quickly becoming the new "go to" book in schools around the US!
I, along with all the other educators out there, eagerly await another book from you soon!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Meghan on January 11, 2013
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I have read three chapters in this book so far and it is amazing. Sunday Cummins writes in a way that keeps the reader engaged and allows the reader to follow along with clear cut examples, charts, and tables. This is a must read for all educators in elementary or middle school. I find the information in this book useful as we as educators are implementing the new Common Core State Standards. This book topic of close reading in directly related to the new ELA stanndards. The book has many teacher resources and ideas on implementation. It is a must read. Way to go Sunday Cummins!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SeattleTeach on January 20, 2013
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The best resource I have ever read and used for teaching how to read informational text. This book in combination with the book Guided Highlighted Reading has really changed the way I teach reading of nonfiction text.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on January 13, 2013
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I am a long-time admirer of Dr. Cummins' work in the field and have been eagerly awaiting her first book. As a fifth grade teacher and a reading specialist, I am a voracious reader on all topics related to literacy learning. Some books set upon my shelf and collect dust; however, Close Reading of Informational Texts will be one of those books that are like my favorite and well-worn pajamas. A few of the many facets of this exceptional book that sets it apart from others are the the collection of student work, detailed rubrics and snapshots of authentic informational texts actually tested out in real classrooms. Dr. Cummins' work with informational text stems from her day in and day out work alongside students and teachers in the classroom. This is so refreshing. Looking back at my reading specialist preparation, I wish her book had been available for my course on content area reading. After reading Dr. Cummins' book, I have added another dense layer to both my theoretical and pedagogical knowledge base that will undoubtedly make a powerful impact on my students' learning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roberta on January 11, 2013
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I love this book! Cummins' opens up the world of "close reading" with informational text and makes it accessible. This is much more than a definition of the term. It gives focus lessons, follow-up lessons, and rich, real-life samples of student work. Especially grateful for the unique idea of providing "follow-up" lessons! They help reflect on how the lesson went and could move students to an even higher comprehension level. Common Core calls for us to teach close reading but it's a complicated topic. It's obvious this author has worked hand-in-hand with teachers to make it real and accessible. Feel like I could try things right away and that I have back-up to think about how it went. This would be a terrific choice for a school's professional book club.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilou on July 4, 2013
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I teach fifth grade and towards the start of this past year kept hearing about "close reads" and really didn't understand what the term meant. I found Sunday's book and just devoured it. I found it fascinating and she not only gives the reader a ton of information but useful strategies that could be used right away. I took one of her ideas called "Coding" and adapted it to a non-fiction article. The students were raised to a whole new level by using this strategy than if I had just told them to "read the article". I want to re-read the book this summer and have other strategies ready to use in September. Thank you Sunday for filling in the gaps of my understanding of just what close reading is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Jones on May 11, 2013
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The Common Core State Standards encourage elementary teachers to spend at least half of their instructional time teaching non-fiction. This is a good book to help teachers do that more effectively. The books has some particularly good lessons on helping students find the main idea of non-fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Anderson on November 6, 2013
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Hard working teachers are spend their money on their classrooms. There are a lot of common core books available that promise more than they deliver. If you are looking for a good resource to help you teach close reading of informational text, I highly recommend this book. The author explains close reading of informational text and provides lots of suggestions for implementation. My students are learning and I am loving teaching again. I also purchased Notice and Note and love that book as well for close reading of literary texts.
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