Text Complexity and Close Reading for Common Core

I recently did a guest webinar on text complexity and close reading that you may be interested in checking out for my friends at Teach N’Kids Learn, Inc. The webinar was recorded and can be accessed by clicking this link: Karen Tankersley on Text Complexity and Close Reading for Common Core. You will need to register to view the archived video but there is no charge to watch so I hope you will take advantage of this 30 minute video Presentation.

2 thoughts on “Text Complexity and Close Reading for Common Core

  1. VideoMaster July 17, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Does the text deal with common everyday experiences, or does it present experiences that are likely, vastly different from those of the reader?

  2. The Weaver October 31, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Although we certainly want to expand our student’s understandings of the world and life as they go through school, when we are specifically trying to improve student’s reading skills, it is better to use text about which students have some degree of background knowledge. The less background knowledge about a text that an individual brings to a text, the more difficult the text is to read. This is true not only for students but for even effective adult readers as well. For example, if you do not have a legal background, reading a legal contract might be a difficult task for you in a close reading exercise. In order to process the words and the technical jargon, even the most sophisticated reader would need to slow down and carefully process text since the reader would have to process unfamiliar jargon and perhaps sentence structure while reading. On the other hand, if you are trained in legal matters, this text would not be challenging for you. Background knowledge plays a role in comprehension. When a reader is reading a magazine article about one of their hobbies, we read quickly and efficiently since our background knowledge helps us quickly process familiar jargon and sentence patterns. Although we use close reading only with text that are meaty enough to be worthy of the effort and we would scaffold learning for our students, using their background knowledge to help with comprehension is a good way to select texts for close reading.

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