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Lessons and Units for Closer Reading, Grades K-2

Ready-to-Go Resources and Assessment Tools Galore

By: Nancy N. Boyles

20 close reading, standards-based lessons and 80 follow-up comprehension skill lessons expertly scaffold young readers. The lessons include day-to-day how to’s, formative assessment, and performance criteria.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506326467
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 280
  • Publication date: February 22, 2016

Price: $39.95

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Every teacher in K-2 who has ever wished for comprehension lessons that get students where they need to be in reading, talking, and writing about texts, take notice: your wish just came true. 

With Lessons and Units for Closer Reading: K-2 you get  20 initial close reading lessons and 80 follow-up comprehension skill lessons that expertly scaffold young readers. What makes these lessons so spot-on is that Nancy combed through hundreds of standards and standardized assessments to arrive at the 12 skills that matter most at K–2. 

The lessons are arranged into 5 units of study, providing you with instant standards-aligned curriculum. Other can’t-live-without features:

  • 12 illustrated reproducible sets of Active Reader Cards that give children tactile and visual support for key comprehension skills (available to print in four-color!)

  • Step-by-step and day–by-day how-to’s for the initial lessons and follow-up lessons, including text-dependent questions for every featured picture book 
  • Illustrated, short fables that engage kids with themes including making choices, making a difference, and making sense of character traits

  • 12 Formative Assessments that take the scare factor out of testing for young learners with lots of graphic support and options for oral and written tasks

  • Performance criteria that give you standards-aligned means of measuring what your students have learned, so you can adjust your instruction

Teachers in K-2: Nancy knows what an amazing feat you pull off each year, taking young learners from 0-60 in the space of the school year. With Lessons and Units for Closer Reading, she gives you the gift of time, with a treasure trove of at-the-ready materials. 

Nancy Boyles, a former classroom teacher, is the author of many best-selling books and a literacy consultant who provides curriculum support nationwide. This book is part of a three-part series that offers schools a K-6 solution for reading instruction.




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Nancy N. Boyles

A former classroom teacher and professor of reading, Nancy Boyles is a literacy consultant, who provides workshops, model lessons, and curriculum support to districts and organizations nationally, regionally, and locally. Over the course of her career she has received numerous awards , including New England Reading Association’s Outstanding Literacy Leader Award and Connecticut Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award for exemplary service.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Reading Closely in K–2: Guidelines for Getting Started

     1. Rely on high-quality picture books that you read aloud.

     2. Teach an initial close reading lesson to build content knowledge.

     3. Teach close reading follow-up lessons to build skills.

     4. Assess close reading appropriately with formative assessments.

     5. Teach close reading using units so students can make connections between texts.

     6. Teach close reading using learning pathways that show students how to learn.

Teaching and Assessing Students’ Comprehension

     The Twelve Skills in Focus

     How the Assessments Are Embedded Across Books and Units

     How the Assessments Are Embedded in Weekly Instruction

     During Reading Success: It’s in the Cards

     After Reading Success: Framing Students’ Thinking

     How to Evaluate Students’ Written Responses

     Rubric for Evaluating Reader Response Frames

Standards: Putting the Assessment Tools to Work

The Reproducibles: Active Reader Cards and Reader Response Frames

     Student-Friendly Forms for Teaching and Assessing the Standards

The Units and Lessons

Learning Pathway: How to Study a Character Trait

     Unit Focus: Why Is It Important to Show Kindness to Others?

     Fable to Begin the Unit: The Wind and the Sun

     Close Reading Lessons for Melissa Parkington’s Beautiful, Beautiful Hair

     Close Reading Lessons for Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale From Kenya

     Close Reading Lessons for Each Kindness

     Close Reading Lessons for Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Learning Pathway: How to Study an Animal

     Unit Focus: How Are Animals the Same? How Are Animals Different?

     Fable to Begin the Unit: The Hare and the Tortoise

     Close Reading Lessons for Panda Kindergarten

     Close Reading Lessons for Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems

     Close Reading Lessons for Surprising Sharks

     Close Reading Lessons for Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!

Learning Pathway: How to Study a Person

     Unit Focus: How Can You Make a Difference—Even if You’re a Kid?

     Fable to Begin the Unit: The Lion and the Mouse

     Close Reading Lessons for Blizzard

     Close Reading Lessons for The Wednesday Surprise

     Close Reading Lessons for Rosie Revere, Engineer

     Close Reading Lessons for The Story of Ruby Bridges

Learning Pathway: How to Study a Place

     Unit Focus: What Is Special About This Place?

     Fable to Begin the Unit: The Lion and the Dolphin

     Close Reading Lessons for Antarctica

     Close Reading Lessons for Fernando’s Gift

     Close Reading Lessons for Creatures of the Desert World

     Close Reading Lessons for America the Beautiful: Together We Stand

Learning Pathway: How to Study a Theme

     Unit Focus: Why Is It Important to Make Good Choices?

     Fable to Begin the Unit: The Two Frogs

     Close Reading Lessons for Fireflies

     Close Reading Lessons for Those Shoes

     Close Reading Lessons for Maddi’s Fridge

     Close Reading Lessons for The Empty Pot