My friends at the Thomas Fordham Institute asked that I weigh in on the controversy over the close reading lessons being touted by School Achievement Partners. I wrote a blog for their site and have included a link to it here. You might be interested in my assessment of those lessons and on some of their claims about close reading. Here it is:
Commentary on Gettysburg Address Close Reading Lessons
Since I was posting that article, I thought it would be a good time to provide a couple of other links. This fall, I had an article in American Educator about how Common Core is changing reading lessons:
American Educator article on Reading Lessons and Common Core
I also published an article in Educational Leadership on the emphasis on informational text in the classroom.
Educational Leadership Article on Informational Text
I hope you find these links useful. I appreciate the generosity of the Thomas Fordham Institute, the American Federation of Teachers, and the ASCD for making these available to you.