Monday, August 5, 2013

Close Reading Resource Update

I am trying to prepare myself for instruction with close reading this year. There are so many great resources out there, and I want to make sure I am well-equipped to use the strongest elements of close reading in my classroom this year. At the same time, I don't want to have too much extra "stuff" to distract myself.

In a previous post titled "Freebie! Close Reading Materials"I shared the original version of my close reading product. It included printable charts for text coding strategies, a question cube template, and task cards for reading literature as well as informational text. Since then, I have continued to expand the product as I have accessed additional resources that I would like to use in my own classroom. I have recently updated the product to reflect a few revisions. The new product now contains the following items:

  •  a colorful, visually-appealing poster that defines Close Reading based upon an acronym for "CLOSE"
  • a black-and-white poster that defines Close Reading based upon an acronym for "CLOSE"
  • a colorful, visually-appealing poster that outlines the process for multiple readings of a text, as well as the Common Core standards that align to each level of questioning
  • a black-and-white poster that outlines the process for multiple readings of a text, as well as the Common Core standards that align to each level of questioning.
For those of you who need a visual image to support those wordy descriptions, this is for you:

I am trying to be more considerate of the use of ink (or lack, thereof) in the products I create. I love to create colorful designs. However, in considering my own experiences with TPT products, I have found myself to be extremely grateful for those products that contain a black-and-white option. While those colorful designs are cute, all of that printing can take a toll on your ink levels and, consequently, your pocketbook! So I tried to take this personal preference into consideration when revising this product. I'm not sure if everyone feels the same way that I do, but it's worth the extra time to provide the option for those who are conscientious of their printer ink levels!

If you are interested in these products, you can access them at the Tally Tales TPT store here

Do you have any other suggestions for creating TPT products? What details are you particularly grateful for when you make a purchase? Any feedback is welcome! Thanks!