- Age Range: 10 - 17 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 12
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann; 9/16/13 edition (October 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0325050848
- ISBN-13: 978-0325050843
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts--and Life 9/16/13 Edition
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About the Author
Christopher Lehman is the Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative, a think tank and educational consulting organization working to innovate the ways educators learn together. He is an international speaker, education consultant, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include: Falling In Love With Close Reading with Kate Roberts; Energize Research Reading and Writing; Pathways to the Common Core with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth; 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 Senior Staff Developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. He now works with schools around the world through The Educator Collaborative, supporting educators, coaches, and administrators in developing rigorous and passionate literacy instruction across content areas. A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chris went on to receive his M.A. in Teaching at New York University, and his Ed.M. in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to consulting and writing, he serves on the NCTE Middle Level Section Steering Committee, is Special Advisor to the National Center for Families Learning, is a Booksource Advocate for student reading lives, and served as a project advisor on a joint NCTE/National Center for Literacy Education collaboration initiative. Follow Chris online! Twitter: @iChrisLehman Pinterest: /ChrisLehmanEdu Blog: ChristopherLehman.com
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This book has lessons that apply for analyzing texts and life - including songs, videos, and books. Re-engage students when you begin planning for instruction that will draw all students into the learning world.
This masterful text by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts (with Foreword by Donalyn Miller) begins with a chapter that defines close reading and explains a ritual that will build student independence. It continues with five chapters that detail text evidence, word choice, structure, point of view and reading across texts. Each chapter contains an explanation of the purpose, a customized close reading ritual for that content, texts that surround us every day (media), how to match your purpose to your students while choosing text, a model lesson, real student responses, and then next steps in the form of extensions and support as well as closely reading our own lives.
How important is this text as teachers implement changes in instruction to meet the demands of the Common Core?
Close Reading is listed in Reading Anchor Standard 1 and also contained within Key Ideas and Details 2 (main idea/theme), and 3 (individuals/events develop over time); word choice is Reading Anchor Standard 4 under Craft and Structure, structure is Reading Anchor Standard 5, point of view is Reading Anchor Standard 6 and argument 8; and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas contains reading across texts as Reading Anchor Standard 9. The "media" Reading Anchor Standard 7 is included in each of the topics so it truly is "integrated" into all five topics and Reading Anchor Standard 10 is about students reading a wide range and complexity of texts independently that is the goal of the entire text. (Yep! All 10 Reading Anchor Standards are included!)
Still on the fence? Haven't made up your mind?
The lessons provided in this book are carefully crafted to build a "love of reading" that is student centered. Students who are in classrooms where teachers use these rituals for instruction will be prepared for their Common Core assessments because those students will have practical experience in thinking and reading texts and life in purposeful ways that go well beyond the printed word.
And finally, you will fall in love with the authors, their stories of students and teachers, and close reading as you read and re-read this text. Your life will change as a result of your thoughtful reflection about the contents of this text.
The authors present a strategy that includes the often-skipped step between identification and the more difficult skills of analysis and synthesis. Students notice more and infer more when they follow all the steps. I was so excited about my students' improvement, that I gave an entire presentation on the strategy to my department in hopes that all our students would learn how to approach close reading systematically.
What's nice is that the authors have made the covert overt. The strategy itself is what good critical readers do in their heads. It's not gimmicky at all; it just shows the process that many of us don't even realize we're doing because it's become automatic after years of reading at the college level.