Close Reading of Complex Text

One of the most important additions to literacy learning within a standards-based curriculum is the expectation that students routinely read complex text deeply and analytically, starting in the early grades. Students will have to exhibit independent reading behaviors and will have to leverage those behaviors, as well as analytical skills, to penetrate complex, rigorous text, successfully. The expectations of what students should be able to read, and how well they should be able to read those texts, has increased significantly. To ensure student success within this new paradigm of reading, students will have to master Close Readinga reading protocol designed to ensure that they read complex texts (or text sets) numerous times for multiple purposes, digging deeper into these texts to extrapolate meaning from a variety of perspectives and with accuracy grounded in evidentiary thinking.

Specifically, we offer training in;

  • Composing Close Reading protocols, following a specific series and sequencing of instruction designed to ensure that students build their reading independence while addressing their analysis of text from multiple perspectives, using diverse lenses of analysis and exploration.
  • Strategies for annotation, a key proficiency students much implement in order to build stamina around independent reading.
  • Composing Text Dependent Questions, a questioning strategy that forms the backbone of textual analysis, ensuring that all questions asked of students require them to return to the text in order to respond to them, and keeping the textual study focused on the most important part of close reading – the text itself.
  • Building vocabularies across each of the tiers identified within standards-aligned instruction (Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III words), so that students can apply their understanding of these words to their independent analysis of the text they are reading closely.
  • Refining students’ ability to implement evidence-based thinking as they dig deeper into texts to answer higher-order thinking questions.
  • Improving students’ ability to respond to complex texts and text sets by successfully responding to multi-tiered and layered performance tasks.

Schillinger Educational Consultants can support schools and districts in developing targeted strategies designed to support student achievement around reading complex text closely, including the ability to write analytically across multiple text types in response to complex prompts and tasks. Schillinger Educational Consultants trains teachers in developing specific writing approaches designed to facilitate responding to the synthesizing of paired texts through the ability to make claims, support those claims with evidence, and elaborate on that text evidence.

Schillinger Educational Consultants provides expertise in training teachers in both the comprehensive implementation of Close Reading protocols as well as the individual and discrete proficiencies students must master in order to engage in close reading routinely and successfully.

Please contact us for more information or to request a proposal for consulting services.