Blog, Close Reading, Text Analysis

Novel Study for Any Novel

Teachers love novel studies. Students LOVE novel studies. However, novel studies can be a struggle for several reasons. As a teacher, I want to talk about EVERY. SINGLE. THING. That’s obviously not always the best option. Because, well, the novel study would take 2ish years. Still, I wanted my students to dig into the richness… Continue reading Novel Study for Any Novel

Blog, Central Idea, Close Reading, Key Details

Determining Importance Lessons

Determining importance is a critical skill that students must understand before they analyze any element of text, specifically main idea or central idea. For students, choosing details that are important vs. details that are interesting can be difficult. We know this because kiddos are often drawn to the interesting details before recognizing the importance of key details… Continue reading Determining Importance Lessons