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What Should I Do During Each Close Read?

Honest talk here. Close reading turns those mini-lessons into MAXI-lessons if you try to fit in all that you want to do with a text in one day. Let’s look at why: Even though close reading is done with short texts, the time it takes to dig deep shouldn’t be short because… the texts should […]

Your Guide to Engaging Students as Thinking Readers

How many times as an adult have you been reading a book and realize at the end of the page, you didn’t really READ any of it? Sure, your eyes looked at every word, but you don’t actually recall understanding those words. It’s because you weren’t thinking about the text. Your mind probably drifted off […]

Do You Make This Frustrating Test Prep Mistake?

When I first started teaching, I would sit down at the beginning of every school year with a blank calendar, and I’d map out what unit I’d be working on each week in every subject for the entire year… except it never failed… I would get to March, the month before testing season, and realize […]