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7th Grade Reading Teacher,
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This review is from: Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading (Paperback)
WITHOUT HESITATION: Buy This Book! If you teach middle-level reading (I teach 7th grade "regular" reading classes) and are struggling with how to teach CLOSE/DEEP reading, this is your new best resource. I have absolutely no connection with the authors--I am simply speaking from a classroom teacher's point of view--and omigosh, this has been my saving grace with CCSS and close reading. I have truly seen the light with the Notice and Note signposts (they are kind of like strategies--not to be confused with Strategies That Work), and more importantly, so have my students.
I received the book on a Thursday, started reading it that weekend--with many "AHA!" moments--and on Monday morning I started in with my first signpost lesson. I knew INSTANTLY that my students were "getting it!" Seriously, I have had moments of giddiness and chills while working with the kids on the different signposts. I have never been this excited about a book.
It is incredibly easy to read. The six introductory lessons are there for you, scripted even, so you easily get the idea of how to teach the signposts, and the text selections are in the back of the book for copying. The authors are very "real" with their comments and how their signpost implementation in the classroom panned out. Lots of "Bwahaha!" moments where I laughed that they were keeping it real with me!
Notice and Note is a perfect fit with the CCSS. My students are easily citing text evidence with the signposts and focusing on the accompanying questions. The questions really bring home the deep thinking that I've struggled with (how to teach) since the advent of the term "close reading." We have been studying The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and without a doubt, these signposts have deepened my students' understanding and questioning of the novel. We are using our iNotebooks along with the signpost implementation. The kids have easily begun to internalize the signposts, cite evidence (from the signposts), and deepen their thinking with the questions--keeping up with it all in their notebooks.
The six strategies have made me a better reader, as well. I told my students the other day that I would no longer be afraid to join my neighborhood book study (my fear has always been that profound thoughts and ideas would be expected of me because I teach reading!).
I could say soooo much more about how in our discussions we have even gone back to other novels we have studied or that students have read independently and talked about the signposts we realize were in them...PLUS... although I am not an English teacher, I can say that these signposts would fit perfectly in a writing program to help add voice and style to narrative pieces. Have I sold you on this yet?
I just can't say enough about this book. #lifechanger