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Close reading—reading with deliberate attention to purpose, audience, language, and tone—is a skill crucial to success in advanced courses, college, and career.

The SpringBoard English Language Arts curriculum addresses this skill with activities in every unit that guide students through the steps of close reading. We also offer Close Reading Workshops, which can be used with the SpringBoard program as extra support or on their own.

Quick Facts

  • Each Close Reading Workshop guides students through multiple readings of challenging texts using close reading strategies.
  • Over the course of the workshop, students move gradually toward independent reading.
  • Each workshop ends in an assessment that asks students to synthesize their new learning.
  • There are six workshops per grade level. Each workshop focuses on a different type of text.
  • The workshops can be taught in any order. You choose which workshop to teach and when, based on the needs of your students.
  • You can teach elements of a workshop as single, 45-minute lessons, or teach the entire workshop of five lessons as a weeklong minicourse.

Workshop Design

The workshops offer a variety of high-quality texts, including both fiction and nonfiction texts as well as visual texts. The selected passages are appropriate for close reading, and they increase in complexity from grade to grade.

Each workshop includes three texts. The class reads the first text multiple times together to practice strategies for meaning making:

  1. Students read the text to themselves silently.
  2. The teacher then walks the class through the text while students go over vocabulary and use metacognitive markers to make notes.
  3. Next comes a class-led reading of the text, where the students take turns reading paragraphs.
  4. Finally, each student reads the text independently.

After every reading, students use various close reading strategies, such as marking the text or SOAPSTone, to understand the content. These strategies include both individual and collaborative approaches, and support different student abilities and learning styles.

The workshops end with an assessment, which teachers can assign as an individual, small-group, or whole-class activity. Assessments require text-based responses, and include both Synthesis Questions and Reflection. Assessments include writing, debating, discussion, presentation, or other skills.

Teacher Support

As in every SpringBoard course, teacher support is embedded in the Teacher Edition of the workshops. This includes guidance on the Plan-Teach-Assess-Adapt model, as well as Differentiating Instruction, Text Complexity, and Teacher to Teacher callouts.

Get Samples

Go to Sample Activities to download samples of Close Reading Workshops that you can use in your classroom.