Teaching The Core has posted a great explanation of close reading and its value to students in the era of Common Core standards. If that’s not enough, the author also includes this great Prezi presentation to help explain the ideas in a more visual form.
Click the frame to start, and use the arrows at the bottom of the frame to move through the slides. When you come across what appears to be an empty slide, it is probably a video – click on it to watch. Same goes for slides containing a YouTube video.
(Note: The presentation above contains references to the Smarter Balanced consortium. We in Illinois are part of the PARCC consortium. Both groups are involved in creating the next generation of assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards. Both place great emphasis on and support for close reading.)