WORKSHOP SPOTLIGHT: Close Reading & Critical Thinking for the Common Core

May 23, 2014Close Reading, Education, Featured0 comments

How do we fulfill the expectations of the Common Core with struggling readers, advanced readers, and everyone in-between, when we know that close reading is a difficult skill even for experienced, adult readers?

Close Reading can be extremely engaging, productive and confidence-boosting for the struggling reader and the advanced reader alike. Critical thinking, a highly valuable skill, together with close reading are the keys not only to the Common Core, but future academic success. Workshop articipants will explore questions like the one above while cultivating their own ability to think critically about these practices.

Close reading and text dependent questioning are at the core of our new standards. This training gives an in-depth look into close reading, where it fits within the standards and how it can be approached in the classroom. Teachers are a part of an actual close reading, giving them a first-hand experience of the process. The workshop also includes a look at critical thinking in order to enrich the level of text dependent questions being posed. My teachers left the workshop ready to start tackling close reading. This workshop is a “must” for teachers as they prepare to address the demands of the Common Core!
-Carey Reeve-Hildebrant, Achievement Specialist, Lowell Community Charter Public School

The Close Reading & Critical Thinking Trainings at the HILL were so informative and hands on. The Literacy Coaches and I were able to take the information right back to our teachers and give the teachers valuable comprehensive tools that they could use right away in their classrooms. These vital strategies can be used by any teacher, no matter what grade level or subject matter. Definitely 2 days you don’t want to miss.
-Janice Raymond, Director of Literacy & Title 1, Malden Public Schools

Check out the video below to learn more about how the HILL can help you improve literacy in your school, or click here for more information on the workshop!