Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How To Teach Students to Read a Literary Text; Reading Strategy

The content and inspiration for this post comes my way via Karlene Chorney, Edmonton Public Schools Consultant. She is a fabulous advocate for student reading.

The slide show below is based on Kylene Beers' work in Notice and Note, Strategies for Close Reading, which "presents a suite of new lessons for helping students read literary texts with deeper understanding" (p. 1).

I should mention there is also a companion book called Reading Nonfiction that is set up in a similar way.

What both books do, is present a framework we can teach to students to use as they analyze text. They can look for a series of 'clues' and then think about those clues and how they relate to the greater meaning of the work. I really think this framework offers a valuable and accessible way to speak about text with students. I hope you enjoy it as well. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks again to Karlene for sharing her expertise and awesomeness with me.


  1. Ah, "how do we choose texts for our students?" This is a question that keeps me awake at night. Or, even better, "how do we monitor their understanding?"

  2. Thank you Carolyn. We can't lose sight of the assessment piece.