Close Reading Book Study Introduction

Alright folks... Let's get started on our "Notice & Note" book study.  I hope to be able to share with you what I take away from the informational text that so many teachers have seemed to really find beneficial. I realize it is hard to find the time to take on extra professional development, but I want to share with you some good ideas that this book has to offer.  

First, I want to tell you a little about the book and why I am choosing to share some of the ideas.  Then, I will provide a tentative schedule as to when I will be posting updates regarding this book study. 

What is this book all about?
"Notice & Note" is a book for educators that provides us with lessons and ideas that we can use in the classroom to guide students in their reading of literary text.  Reading is more than sounding out words and being able to answer surface questions. This book wants to help teachers help students to begin asking questions on their own! The book guides us in the teaching of close reading. Specifically, the book says, "How might we affect those moments in which reader and text come together so as to improve the reading experience and deepen a student's understanding of the text?"

The goal of the book is to help teachers inspire kids to be curious and to look at text as a way to be explorers, in a sense. The authors of this book created signposts that they noticed and they have developed anchor questions that accompany each signpost.  This book also provides lessons to teach each of these signposts. 

Why are you doing this? 
I am sharing what I take away from this book because I am increasingly seeing products labeled "CLOSE READING" that, well, just aren't. Close reading is more than text dependent questions.  It is more than annotation symbols.  I believe that by studying these signposts and model lessons, teachers can get a better understanding of what close reading really is.  

What is book study schedule?
The book study is going on now!! :) 
The book is separated  into three parts. I hope to read the parts sequentially and post weekly updates on the sections that I complete! 

Click here to read the first book study post >>> 

If you would like to purchase this book to read along and comment, you are more than welcome to do so!! You can purchase your copy here: "Notice & Note" on Amazon.

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