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Top Visible Learning Literacy Strategy: Close Reading

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

To effectively close read a text, teachers need to effectively shine a spotlight on the most important objective or standard they are unpacking in that text. Far too often, we get swept away in ALL that we can find in a text, and the effect is that students may re-read a passage, they do not realize what they are re-reading for.


One of my favorite resources on the topic of close reading is Reading Reconsidered by Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway. In this text, the authors strategically unpack the needed questions and thinking strategies to engage readers in metacognitive analysis of texts. What's unique to this text is that their strategies apply to all levels or readers--from elementary to collegiate levels.