Developing Quality Close Reading Lessons & Text Dependent Questions in Literature – March 27 and April 10, 2014

Close Reading in the Mathematics Classroom – April 3, 2014

Deepening Our Understanding of Common Core Literacy Standards and Social Studies – April 21, 2014

Maximizing Student Reading Achievement – January 30, 2014

Literacy Leaders Cohort

Guided Reading, Close Reading, and the Common Core – Nov 1, Dec 3, Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 12, 2013

Here are the files from the workshop and other materials we discussed.   Please email me if there is something you need that isn’t listed.      Thanks!

Resources and White Papers:

Poetry Resources

Lucy Calkins poetry bibliography

F&P Text Gradients white paper

text band Demands

Close Reading in Elementary Classrooms – Fisher

Volume of Reading – EL document 5.13

Launching Independent Reading Grades 3-5 – EL document

Comprehensive Literacy Diagram

informational text features handout

Ten Text Characteristics for Guided Reading

chart – F&P vsText Complexity features

Final Word protocol directions

Final Word (Save the Last Word) note catcher

Visible Thinking protocol – What Makes You Say That


Texts and Notecatchers

Guided Reading notecatcher template

guided reading student templated1

article –  up close with biggest snakes L720

World’s Biggest Snake note catcher

story – Turtles Race With Beaver

Turtles Race with Beaver -notecatcher

candlepower turkish tale note catcher

Edward Tulane notecatcher

Maniac Magee note catcher

Orcas in captivity Scenes

from a Railway Carriage notecatcher

As I Grew Older

The Dark

article – Fishy Christmas L680

article – Orphan Train L520

article –  Right to Go To School L600

The Piece of String drama L600

Something Told the Wild Geese something told the wild geese note catcher

article –  baby elephant

article – Saving a Baby Elephant

Baby elephant note catcher


Academic Vocabulary Resources

vocab journal master page (modeled after Marzano)

Marzano 6 step process handout

Coxhead (2000) academic word list






Links to Finding Texts On-Line

Don’t forget to check your school’s databases!  Contact your school librarian for assistance if you don’t know what your school offers.   The blue text is the actual link; black text provides more information.

Link to Monroe #1 BOCES Databases – Nonfiction articles; can change the Lexile levels – Beginning readers non-fiction 4 page booklets – Texts for students entering grade 3 – 5 – Talking Points for Kids – articles to foster discussion Target audience 4th – 6th grade

NC University College of Education – Reading Passages by grade level

Link to Downloadable stories and picture books –

Source for one page fiction passages – Collection of Magazine Articles selected to meet demands of the Common Core; can select levels and content area – National Geographic Explorer – free teacher guides and media – Project Gutenberg – thousands of free books Download ebooks – Like Project Gutenberg – you need to register, but it’s free – also features K – 4 resources – resources for grades K – 6 – Library of Congress website


Poetry Websites: – Poetry Blog – Poetry Foundation – list of poetry links from Tucson School District


Museum Websites: – Louvre website – National Gallery of Art – link to FHS page of museum links – lots to choose from!




90/90/90 – Close Read Poetry Focus Nov 18 – 21, 2013

90/90/90 PD – Close Reading – October 16, 17, 22, 23 2013

Close Reading Strategies for Grades 6 – 8 Teachers October 11, 2013