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Close Reads with Mystery Pictures are going DIGITAL!!

Close reads have just gotten trendier. In true 2020 fashion, the Close Reading resources with Mystery Pictures that you know and love are now going digital! Close reading strategies are taught to help students explore a text more deeply by digging into the text multiple times, but these aren’t just

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Close Reading Steps

Close Reading Steps for Your Upper Elementary Classroom

I’m sure you’ve all heard of it…close reading. But what exactly is it and how does it work? When I first started implementing close reading into my classroom, you should’ve heard the groans! And who could blame them? Read a passage 2-3 times? What? Why? Nooooooooo! In this post, I

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Text Structure Activities Students Will Love

Text structure is something my students always seemed to struggle with. We would practice and practice and they still wouldn’t understand. I finally came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the text they were confused about as much as it was the vocabulary. I quickly realized we just need a

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Teaching Figurative Language with Picture Books

Figurative language can sometimes be really confusing for students. This is especially true if English is not their first language. My students struggle every year with figurative language. Over the years, I introduced and practiced figurative language with them in many different ways. It’s actually one of my FAVORITE things

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6 Ways to Make Close Reading More Engaging

Close reading is a strategy where students read a passage multiple times in order to gain a deeper understanding of the text. When I first attacked close reading with my students, there was a lot of complaining. They didn’t understand why they had to read a passage more than once

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