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.


Step 1

a Viewing Option

Pick between "Verified" and "Flexible" viewing options.
Step 2

Strategies that Work

Watch the on-demand videos at your own pace.
Step 3

Every Student

Implement what you learned right away!



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 planning & facilitating a close reading:
  • 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 teachers are saying about this workshop:

"I am excited to go back to my classroom and implement what I learned with my 5th graders. Bumping up the complexity of my text is a must. Your enthusiasm is contagious!"
Amy McIlhargey, teacher at Grove City Christian School, Grove City, OH

"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, teacher at Seymour High School, Seymour, IN

"Kristina just takes the guess-work out of everything to make it ALL make sense!"
Nikki King, teacher at Union Furnace Elementary, Logan, OH

"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, teacher at Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV

"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, teacher at Paoli Community Schools, Paoli, IN

Frequently asked questions:

Once I register, when does my access start?

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?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 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. 

Online workshops secret site

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

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?

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 each workshop. 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.

Note: A Certificate of Completion is only provided when you complete the Verified View option for this workshop. 
Can I earn graduate-level unitsfor Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. 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 am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am 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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Immediate access: $139


Discounts available!

  • Teams of 3+: Save $15 per person.
  • Teams of 15+: Call us at (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.

What's included with your registration?

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