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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 13-15, 2014

Pre-conference Teacher Workshop

Close Reading: A Tool for Teachers and Language Lovers of All Ages
Instructors: Dr. Lucinda MacKethan
June 14, 2013
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Room 105
DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, LMU Campus
Cost: $50
($25 if also attending MHLF LMU, Union College, South College and UVA at Wise education students free with ID )
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Close Reading: A Tool for Teachers and Language Lovers of All Ages

The recently adopted State Common Core Standards ask teachers to make “close reading of complex texts” a primary instructional goal beginning as early as the later grades of elementary school. But what is meant by “close reading”?
For this workshop, we will assume that when we do close reading, we go through a text carefully, examining and putting together all the striking elements of the text that produce its meanings. As we read, we use as evidence the key language tools that a text provides in order to gain a clear understanding of the author’s ideas and purposes. We will practice close reading with variety of texts – from poems to business memos. We will begin to see that we can learn and teach how to read with a writer’s eye.
Our goal is to understand how this practice can help all readers not only comprehend to complex texts but also to enjoy and respect what words do and how language works.

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The 2013 and 2014 Mountain Heritage Literary Festivals are sponsored in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation.

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