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Learn how to teach Close Reading, which productively engages learners to dig into texts for deeper understanding. Close Reading can be extremely engaging, productive and confidence-boosting for struggling and experienced readers alike.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA and content area teachers who want to help their students deeply engage with text
  • ELA and content area teachers at any level of general experience who wish to learn Close Reading techniques and explore Text-Dependent Questions

How do we fulfill the expectations of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) with struggling readers, advanced readers and everyone in-between? Close Reading is part of the answer.

Reading Anchor One of the CCRSAE states: "Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text."

Over the course of 8 PD hours, watch six asynchronous video presentations, reflect in a discussion forum, and participate in two live online meetings to discuss the strategies and content.

The course opens on Wednesday, April 7th.

The two virtual live sessions will take place on:

  • Wednesday, April 28, 3 - 4 PM
  • Wednesday, May 19, 3 - 4 PM

Please note: This online course takes place in Blackboard and via Zoom. It cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Learn the close reading process and text-dependent questioning as aligned in the standards
  • Experience a close reading lesson with understanding to classroom applications
  • Learn strategies for helping students gather evidence, knowledge and insight from what they read
  • Integrate appropriate scaffolds to enable all students to access complex text
  • Learn to write text-dependent questions for both narrative and expository genres, and how to provide students with entry-points through discourse, visual media, and annotation
  • Plan to apply close reading strategies and text-dependent questioning into upcoming lessons
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
  • Chrome browser installed on your device--Blackboard functions best in Chrome
  • Headphones are preferable for participation in the live sessions, or at least a semi-private space where you can hear through your device
End Date

Blackboard & Zoom
United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)