Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

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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 online workshop will help teachers plan and facilitate a meaningful close reading in four steps.

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Workshop details

Topics covered:
Dissect the reading standards for close-reading expectations.
Identify how and when close reading should be incorporated into the curriculum.
Learn how to assess a text’s complexity beyond simply looking at its reading level.
Plan text-dependent questions that keep students rooted in the text.
Recognize the role of pre-reading/background-building 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 about the reading.
When you complete the workshop, 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.
Top questions teachers ask about teaching writing units:
What is close reading and how is it different than what I’ve always done?
How do I go about selecting appropriate texts for a close reading?
How can I introduce complex text into my curriculum when I have so many struggling readers?
How long does close reading take and how often do I plan for it?
What’s a text-dependent question?
Is there a list of such questions? How are these questions different than QAR (question-answer relationship)?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What other educators say

“Been at this education for over a quarter of a century… NEVER been in a (training) with such action-packed, fun-filled USEFULNESS!”

Tim Perry

Seymour High School, Seymour, IN

“After 33 years of teaching, I still am drawn back into Kristina’s workshops because they are research-based, standards-focused, and very interactive.”

Katie Cadle

Paoli Community Schools, Paoli, IN

“I love the way Kristina presents the information with so much enthusiasm. I love how she builds on what she’s taught before.”

Kristen Smith

Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV

Target audience

Grades 2-12 Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers & Coordinators
ELL Teachers & Coordinators
High-Ability Teachers
Principals & Assistant Principals
Curriculum Directors

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Top questions about on-demand workshops

What is included with my registration?

60-day access to the workshop
5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources

Once I register, when does my access start?
Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 60 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the “Secret Site” that accompanies this workshop. Here you’ll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the “Secret Site” helps them implement what they learn in the workshop.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?
Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.
Can I get continuing education credits?
Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for completing each of the workshop videos. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.
Can I earn graduate-level units for this workshop?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete each of the videos in a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I'm unhappy with the workshop?
We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.

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