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Being a teacher can feel a lot like being an actor (and a counselor, and a coach, and a nurse). So when it comes to planning lessons like close reading, it's important to know the role you play as a teacher, and the role that you can expect your students to play. Here's how to get started. #closereading #ELA
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We all know the story of Goldilocks—she had to test out several chairs, beds, and bowls of porridge to find the ones that were “just right” for her. Your process for finding “just right” texts to read closely with your students may feel much the same. What do you need to know and consider to get into the Goldilocks Zone of text complexity?
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Planning for close reading lessons is a lot like planning to build a house. Blueprints must be drafted with careful consideration of how the house will be constructed. Just as inadequate blueprints will yield a shoddy shack rather than a durable dwelling, your students will walk away with limited understanding of the text if adequate time and consideration are not given to the planning stage. . . . 
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Here are 4 kinesthetic learning activities designed to spur dialogue, get the oxygen pumping, and make the lessons much more dynamic. Struggling learners in particular can benefit from these strategies, as they can become frustrated and restless during challenging lessons.
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