A Closer Look at Close Reading and Text Complexity
Audience: 3rd - 5th Grade Teachers/Specialists
Presenter(s): Stephanie Harvey
Length: 80 minutes
Level: Intermediate Conceptual
The term “complex text” is ubiquitous these days. But what makes a text complex and how do we help readers recognize and understand complexity? Complex text is not simply about Lexile level. Complexity resides in complicated issues and ideas that are fused with multiple perspectives and complex text requires close reading. When reading complex text, readers need to slow down their rate, ask questions, consider what they already know, annotate their new learning, think inferentially to decipher and analyze unfamiliar content and reread to expand understanding. Simply put, close reading is strategic reading.
Ms. Harvey is a former elementary and special education teacher, author, and a passionate advocate for thoughtful literacy practice emphasizing deep comprehension strategies as expected in CCSS.