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Lessons and Units for Closer Reading, Grades K-2

Lessons and Units for Closer Reading, Grades K-2
Ready-to-Go Resources and Assessment Tools Galore

Foreword by Tanny McGregor

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February 2016 | 280 pages | Corwin

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.


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  

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