Close Reading: A Strategy to Increase Rigor and Engagement in the Classroom

As teachers, we are always looking for ways to creatively increase student engagement while simultaneously maintaining or increasing rigor. Close Reading is a wonderful, cross-curricular instructional tool that allows for both! After this course, you will be able to create new lessons or adapt ones that you already have, using Close Reading. See your students flourish!

Author: Nicki Beauchamp

Duration: 1 Hour

Audience: Secondary English Teachers

Downloadable Resource: Close Reading Lesson Plan: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas (slides)

Micro-Course Outline


Part 1 of a Close Reading Activity (What?)

Discover what close reading is and how you can effectively teach with this strategy. In this part of the micro-course, you'll practice the first step in a close reading activity. 


Part 2 of a Close Reading Activity (So, What?)

Learn about the next step in a close reading activity that extends to a greater depth of knowledge. In this part of the micro-course, you'll practice the second step in a close reading activity.


Part 3 of a Close Reading Activity (Now, What?)

Learn how to take the learning deeper in the final phase of close reading. In this part of the micro-course, you'll practice the third step in a close reading activity and consider prompts for your own close reading lessons. 


Planning Your Close Reading Activity

Put your learning into action by planning your own close reading activity. Download a lesson plan that you can customize for your classroom and see sample responses/answers for the sample lesson. 

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