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Text Complexity & Close Reading

Common Core Applications and Praxis

A Kimball

on 27 September 2013

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Transcript of Text Complexity & Close Reading

How to do a Close Reading
The common core has a clear and decisive focus on text for all content areas -- a heavier focus on reader and text tasks as well as text complexity
What is Text Complexity?
How does all of this connect to the CCSS?
Text Complexity
Close Reading

Using a variety of genres/text type & difficulty avoids stagnation
How can we apply more complex texts into our lessons?

By doing
use complex texts
use variety
juxtapose/compare texts
careful focus on vocabulary
CCSS and Praxis
Text Complexity According to CCSS
Brainstorm in your groups/departments
and create a list of 3-5 things that you consider to be part of "text complexity"
Quantitative Measures
Think: measurable differences
lexile scores
sentence length
word length
Qualitative Measures
Think: the human reader
Levels of meaning
Language conventionality
Knowledge demands
Reader & Task
Think: What will students "do" with the text?
learning outcomes
matching text & task
purpose for students
knowledge of your students
Text Complexity and the Common Core Standards
While watching the video be sure to pay attention to:
how TC relates to CCSS
defining good matches for reader and task
how to measure TC to select appropriate texts
" can include:
images, graphs, maps, graphic novels, music video, paintings, etc.
use shorter texts to examine them closely
Bundle a
of texts -->
layering = greater complexity & growth
Watch for the following:
Steps involved
Student engagement
Reader & task
Complexity & comprehension
1. Read for the "flow"
2. Vocabulary check (can also be step 1)
3. Evidence from text
2nd read
with specific purpose
4. Question
q's to reach higher level thinking (i.e.: Blooms)
5. Written response (optional)
Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the
close, attentive reading
that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying
complex works of literature

They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally.

actively seek
the wide, deep, and
thoughtful engagement with high-quality
literary and informational
that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews.

- Common Core Curriculum Standards page 1
by Abby Cleveland
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