Online Workshop:
Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

Online Workshop:
Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

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A completion certificate is available for download at the end of the workshop,
but you do not have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
No completion certificates are awarded at the end of the workshop, but you have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading $140

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 five steps.



  • Dissect the reading standards for the 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)?

Kristina provides the answers to these questions and many more!


What teachers say 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

"Kristina was fantastic! She was very intentional in her approach to teaching the 6 Traits and making it interesting for all learners! I learned new and exciting strategies to improve student writing." Jenae McKnight, instructional coach at Lake Ridge New Tech Schools, Gary, 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, 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

When does the workshop start and finish?

The workshop can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

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 each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop.

Can I earn graduate credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy workshops simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. Writing After a Close Reading is the corresponding workshop for Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading. (To earn graduate credit participants must select the “Verified View” enrollment option.) Graduate credits offered through MTI are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

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