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2014 May Talking Points, v25.2

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Issue Theme: Close Reading and Text Complexity

Level(s): Elementary

ISBN/ISSN: 1522-6115


Talking Points
Volume 25, Number 2, May 2014
Issue Theme: Close Reading and Text Complexity

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From the Editors
Sally Brown and Deborah MacPhee
Abstract: Editors Sally Brown and Deborah MacPhee introduce the current issue, which focuses on Close Reading and Text Complexity.

What Every Teacher Should Know
Michael T. Moore and Don Zancanella
Abstract: Two long-time teacher educators write passionately about the political nature of the CCSS with a special focus on close reading and text complexity.

Text Complexity: A New Way Forward or Two Steps Back?
Sherry Sanden
Abstract: Sanden explores how students’ increased interactions with texts that both fail to meet them where they are and are a constant source of struggle affect their overall perceptions of reading.

Exemplars and Epitaphs: Defending Young Adult Literature
Christian Z. Goering and Sean P. Connors
Abstract: The authors explain the value of using young adult literature in the curriculum and argue for its greater use, while expressing concern that the integration of the CCSS may work against that goal.

Jumping In: Close Reading Instruction
Michelle Ambrosini
Abstract: Ambrosini revisits Rosenblatt’s theories in considering the ways readers interact with and respond to texts in this new format called close reading.

Professional Resources: Close Reading
Abstract: This section contains reviews of several books on close reading, plus a pair of thought-provoking commentaries.
WLU on the Move! President’s Message and News
Abstract: Commentary from WLU President Debra Goodman plus WLU news.

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