Close Reading with a Picture Book: Salt in His Shoes

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If you are new to Close Reading and even if you are not, this Close Reading Packet will make the process easy!

The comprehensive lessons in this packet are perfect for starting off the school year! By using a picture book, you will model and guide your students through the close reading process. The engaging story, Salt in His Shoes, will hook all students with the tale of young Michael Jordan (who struggled at basketball!) and how he achieved his dream through goal setting, perseverance, practice, and self-discipline, all great lessons for the beginning of the year (or any time!)

These lessons will teach your students how to closely read and discuss texts. They will help your students learn not only how to use details from texts to support their thinking and think critically about a text, they also address so many of the Common Core Language Arts Standards!

You will be able to easily adapt these Close Reading lessons to other picture books after trying these lessons in your classroom.

What this packet includes:
A Close Reading Planning Guide Foldable® We included a simple, working definition of close reading and also turned it into a Foldable® so you can use it to plan other close readings.
A Pre-reading Activity Students will connect to their own lives, thinking about something that they have accomplished that was challenging. We’ve included a worksheet for students to complete.
An Activity That will Hook Your Students and Build Background Knowledge Students will watch videos of Michael Jordan’s amazing basketball feats. We’ve included the links to the videos and a note-taking organizer.
Detailed Close Reading LessonsWe’ve included explicit teacher directions, text dependent questions and graphic organizers for student response activities.
Close Reading Test Dependent Questions to Print on Post-it! Notes We know how tricky it is to go back and forth from picture book to questions. So we’ve included the questions on a template that enables you to print them onto Post-Its! This way you can place each question right inside the picture book at the place where you will ask it. Just place blank Post-It! Notes (or any other brand of notes as long as they are the correct size) on the template and print. Voila! Post-It! Questions ready to be placed in the book.
Blank Post-It! Template Using this template, you can also write your own questions for printing.
Graphic Organizers We’ve included graphic organizers for students to complete and for you to use on your Interactive Whiteboard.
Multi-genre Texts The last activity goes beyond the text as student explore how Michael has continued to apply hard work and determination throughout his basketball career. We’ve included a nonfiction article and commercials for students to closely read.
PowerPoint PresentationsWe’ve included two PowerPoint presentations that can help you guide the the close reading process.
Question Formulation Technique™ We adapted an educator resource from The Right Question Institute for you as an accompaniment for the Now What? What does the text inspire you to do? activity and PowerPoint.
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Close Reading with a Picture Book:  Salt in His Shoes
Close Reading with a Picture Book:  Salt in His Shoes
Close Reading with a Picture Book:  Salt in His Shoes
Close Reading with a Picture Book:  Salt in His Shoes
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