Close Reading in HPL
Close Reading in HPL focuses on teaching students how to make decisions as readers. Strategic readers learn how to monitor their understandings and their decisions. They know how to tell when they understand, when they don’t understand, and when they only sort of understand. And they know what to do to figure things out.
Becoming strategic and independent means that readers not only learn what to do and how to do it, they must also know when a strategy is working, when it isn’t, and when it’s time to change course. Strategic readers and thinkers understand that comprehending and learning take time and effort. Understandings don’t simply “arrive” when the words have been correctly read. They are built by the reader, by thinking, rethinking, rereading, and considering possible alternatives.
At the heart of deep comprehension is talk, both self-talk and interactive talk to learn. You’ll notice that talking to learn is built into HPL close reading processes, anchored below. We understand the connection between time, effort, thinking, explaining, and learning. We know that when readers have difficulty building understandings about a topic, we shouldn’t simply chalk it up to “lack of background knowledge.” There are things we can do to build background to understand concepts and ideas that are new and difficult.
Talking to Learn in HPL
Anchoring Close Reading in HPL
Anchor charts also provide a set of look-fors for the teacher, who now carefully observes students to determine what they have taken over and can do on their own, and what they still need help with. These focused observations of students at work allow the teacher to flexibly form small groups of students to provide additional instruction and support, focused on what particular students need.
The document on the left lists the Generative Questions. Note that the first few are the most important to teach students to internalize. The annotated version, at right, explains the purpose of each question.
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