Close Reading Check-Up: Align Your Instruction With Best Practices and Standards


Speaker: Timothy Shanahan


SKU: 120214

Webinar Description

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How can you be sure the close reading you are doing with your students is the close reading required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and other top learning standards?

Many teachers now make time for close reading in class but there is still lots of confusion and inaccurate information about how to engage students in this rigorous task.

Ensure that you and your students are on track and making the most of the time you spend on close reading.  Join Tim Shanahan for a 2-hour webinar that will explore what close reading is, why it matters, and how to teach it effectively and in accordance with standards and best practices. This webinar is appropriate for grades K-6.

 Webinar Topics:

  • Definition of close reading and how does it differ from other reading approaches?
  • Front-loading: Best practices for pre-reading
  • Should you preteach vocabulary in close reading?
  • How often should students be engaged in close reading?
  • What kinds of questions are appropriate for close reading?
  • Annotation:  What should you ask your student to do?


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About the Speaker

Timothy Shanahan

Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is director of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. Tim is author or editor of more than 200 publications, including the following books:Teaching with the Common Core Standards for the English Language ArtsEarly Childhood Literacy; Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners; and Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through Third Grade. Tim’s research emphasizes the connections between learning to read and learning to write, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement. He is past president of the International Reading Association.

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