Complex Textual Reading Made Easy (Grades 6-12)

Literacy Strand

Selecting appropriate reading material for students is hard. For decades, teachers have known that quality instruction requires a careful matching of reading materials to students. The goal of selecting materials that is neither too difficult nor too easy for students is a task which needs constant attention and adjustments on the part of the teacher. To ensure that students learn to read increasingly complex texts, teachers have to understand what makes a text hard but also engaging.

This course focuses on the quantitative and qualitative factors of text complexity as well as the ways to engage students in this process. We also examine how close readings of complex texts scaffold students understanding and allow them to develop the skills necessary to read like a detective.

This interactive course is designed for job-embedded learning and practical classroom application using our virtual lesson study process. This virtual lesson study environment will help facilitate the process for teachers to better incorporate the instructional practices outlined within the English Language Arts State Standards.

State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Focusing on Standard 10: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity: Read and comprehend complex text and informational texts independently and proficiently.

This course has been divided into the following modules:

  1. Defining the Implications of Deeper Text Complexity
  2. Matching Readers with Text
  3. Helping Students Develop Close Reading Skills
  4. Using Text-Based Evidence and Questioning
  5. Deepening Student Understanding of Complex Texts
  6. Assessment for Learning with Deep Comprehension

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