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ERIC Number: ED541438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Close Reading Exemplars and the CCSS
Aspen Institute
Close Reading Exemplars pull together several key shifts within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in a single methodological approach towards reading texts. Close Reading Exemplars focus on investigating complex texts (Anchor Reading Standard 10) via text dependent questions that rely on evidence and inferences to answer them (Anchor Reading Standard 1). They direct students to pay close attention to academic vocabulary as it appears in context without preloading students with background knowledge of what they are about to read. By encouraging the sort of close reading techniques that lead students to proficiency and independence, close reading exemplars represent a critically important approach for students to experience in literacy and content specific classrooms. While there are no hard and fast requirements for the design of close reading exemplars, teachers have found explanations and examples of the following elements helpful to have within them to assist in the implementation of close reading practices in the classroom: (1) Goals for the Lesson; (2) Connection to the CCSS; (3) Full Text of the Reading Selection; (4) A Daily Structure within the Lesson; and (5) Extension Activities.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute