So, why is it then, that once summer hits, I start shopping for my classroom, dreaming up new lessons, and planning for the school year to start. It's a mystery, I tell you.
With that, I've now entered full on back-to-school mode. I start up again in about three weeks, so my clock is ticking down. Which is why I'm teaming up with Sara from Ms. Fs Teaching Adventures for a blog hop about the first lesson of the year.
One of the things I do most often in my English class is read complex texts with my students. I expect them to close read and annotate for important details that might be missed from a one time read. But, I'm sure you know that students are often reluctant to read anything again, much less read it the first time. That's why I teach Close Reading right away.
I begin with cartoons, as students consider this "easy" reading. I model several cartoons, and then give them time to practice independently. From there, we pair-share, and ultimately move to whole class discussion. This process is very risk free, and students are able to share as they are comfortable.
By the end of the week (and of course, we continue the practice after the week is finished), students are confident and prepared for my rigorous expectations.
If you'd like to try this out, I have a FREEBIE! that provides my close reading strategy sheet. It is taken from my larger resource, Introduction to Close Reading.
However you start, I hope that you have a fantastic year! Please join in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win some great resources, plus a $25 TPT gift card!
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