Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

There has been much talk about raising the complexity of the texts students are reading. However, rigorous reading isn’t just about the text selection. It’s also about targeting multi-faceted, deep thinking during reading. This session will help teachers plan and facilitate a meaningful close reading in five steps.

Training Topics:

• Dissect the reading standards for the close-reading expectations.
• Identify how and when close reading should be incorporated into a unit.
• Learn how to assess a text’s complexity using a quantitative measurement, qualitative measurement, and also by considering the reader and task.
• Plan text-dependent questions that keep students rooted in the text.
• Recognize how pre-reading and background-building strategies are applied in close-reading experiences.
• Examine a variety of reader tools and technology that allows students to annotate print and digital texts.
• Acquire prompts and cues to help students address their own confusions and misunderstandings from the reading.

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • Determine if a text is complex and worthy of a close reading.
  • Introduce close reading to students in a variety of kid-friendly ways.
  • Prepare a set of text-dependent questions that keep students rooted in the text and follow the same sequence as standardized reading assessments.
  • Teach students ways to track and annotate the journey of their thinking.
  • Facilitate text-based conversations that require textual evidence.


Target Audience

2-12 Classroom Teachers
2-12 Content-Area Teachers
2-12 High-Ability Teachers
Teacher Leaders or Building-Level Coaches
Title I, Remediation, Special Education, & ELL Teachers
Building or District-Level Literacy Coordinators
Elementary & Secondary Principals
Curriculum Directors

Free follow-up training video:

  • Teachers who attend this Close Reading workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching video on webPD, Reading: Achieving a Close Reading in 5 Steps (K-12).
  • During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.


What are teachers saying about the Close Reading workshop?

“Thank you for being a reliable & current source of best practice!” Angela Decker, teacher at Delta Middle School, Muncie, IN

“No matter your years of experience or age of students you teach, you will glean a lot of great teaching strategies.” Katie Cadle, teacher at Throop Elementary School, Paoli, IN

“I am never let down when I come to a Smekens workshop. I leave every time with realistic teaching strategies, fantastic resources, and a clear plan on how to go back to school and use what I have learned.” Christa Benedict, teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Cincinnati, OH

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Dates & Locations:


December 12, 2018
Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading
December 13, 2018
Writing After a Close Reading

Also available ONLINE
Self-paced / On-demand

Discounts available!
  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save $20!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

What's included in the registration fee?

Beyond a day of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full-color packet of materials and private access to exclusive web resources.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate credit are not included with registration.

Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Cancellations & Substitutions
Cancellations occurring 10 days or more prior to the workshop will result in a refund, minus a $50 service fee. Cancellations occurring less than 10 days prior to the workshop do not qualify for any refund. Substitutions may occur at any time.


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Graduate Credit

For an additional fee, attendees may earn one, two, or three nationally accredited graduate-level university credits for attending this workshop. These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.) More information will be shared at the workshop.