Wabash Valley Education Center

*Smekens Education: Strategies for Planning and Facilitating a Close Reading (K-6)

There has been much talk about raising the complexity of the texts students are reading. However, rigorous reading isn't just about the text selection. It's also about targeting multi-faceted, deep thinking during reading. This session will help teachers plan and facilitate a meaningful close reading in five steps. 


Training Topics:

• Dissect the reading standards for the close-reading expectations. 

• Identify how and when close reading should be incorporated into the curriculum.

• Learn how to assess a text's complexity beyond simply looking at its reading level. 

• Plan text-dependent questions that keep students rooted in the text.  

• Recognize the role of pre-reading/background-building in close-reading experiences. 

• Examine a variety of reader tools and technology that allows students to annotate print and digital texts.

• Acquire prompts and cues to help students address their own confusions and misunderstandings about the reading.


When you leave, you'll be able to:

• Determine if a text is complex and worthy of a close reading.

• Introduce close reading to students in a variety of kid-friendly ways.

• Prepare a set of text-dependent questions that keep students rooted in the text and follow the same sequence as standardized reading assessments.

• Teach students ways to track and annotate the journey of their thinking.

Facilitate text-based conversations that require textual evidence.


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Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $125.00/Members or $250/Non-Members
Location: Wabash Valley Education Center


Kristi McCullough wore many hats in public schools for 13 years before joining Smekens Education full time. Her training as a Reading Recovery® teacher and Literacy Coordinator allows Kristi to offer classroom teachers practical ideas that are rooted in research. Kristi is passionate about helping teachers implement a balanced literacy approach focused on real-life, purposeful literacy activities that result in improved student achievement.


Registration open through 4/6/2018 1:00 PM EST

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Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana ESC. Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.






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West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906