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Free Reading Whitepaper

The Habits of Close Reading

Author: D. Ray Reutzel, Ph.D.

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Close Reading is a popular term today in elementary education and a requirement in the Common Core State Standards for ELA and other new, more rigorous standards. In order to ensure students are college and career ready, students will need to independently comprehend increasingly challenging texts and develop the skills and habits of mind necessary to unpack deep embedded meaning.

This whitepaper discusses:

  • Common misperceptions of what Close Reading is
  • The habits students must develop through Close Reading of complex texts
  • Strategies to successfully implement Close Reading as a practice embedded in reading instruction
  • Advice to administrators for supporting teachers in implementing Close Reading strategies

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About the Author

Dr. D. Ray Reutzel

Dr. D. Ray Reutzel is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming and President of the Reading Hall of Fame.

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