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The topic of student engagement was a recurring theme for me in this book. The following link will take you to a video I found on this subject and how schools are typically designed. I've shown it to the staff at Patton, and no matter how many times I see it, it still provides deeper meaning for me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

So, you're off and reading . . .


"Non-fiction lets us learn more; fiction lets us be more" (p. 17).
"Asking questions for which you already know the answer is inauthentic,yet that's the type of questioning that goes on in most classrooms" (p. 29).

I'll assume at this point that you've at least begun reading Part 1 or have finished that section. Below you will find directions for how to post. These directions will then be repeated for Parts 2 and 3. At the bottom of this page, I also listed the characteristics of Close Reading that the authors provided for your easy reference.

Directions for posting in this section
  1. In the upper right hand corner of this page, click on the button that has two thought bubbles and a number. This will show you all of the postings that are available for you to access.
  2. Click on a posting (highlighted in blue or purple text), read what's been written, and if you want to respond to that one, click the "response" button and type away.
  3. When you are finished, be sure to click the "Post" button underneath so that your response can be added to the discussion.

Directions for creating your own posting
  1. In the upper right hand corner of this page, click on the button that has two thought bubbles and a number. This will show you all of the postings that are available for you to access.
  2. Click on the "New Post" button in the upper left hand corner of the postings page.
  3. In the Subject space, type a heading for your posting.
  4. In the Message space, type your posting.
  5. When you are finished, be sure to click the "Post" button at the bottom to ensure your new discussion is added to the list.
  6. As for the "Monitor Topic" button, I am going to assume that most of you will want to NOT click it. Monitor topic means that you will receive an alert any time someone else posts something in response to your posting. Most people find it annoying to receive these alerts.

Characteristics of Close Reading (p. 37-38)

  • It works with a short passage.

  • The focus is intense.

  • It will extend from the passage itself to other parts of the text.

  • It should involve a great deal of exploratory discussion.

  • It involves rereading.