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Professional Development. For Science Education October 2014. September Reflection. What standard guided your close read?. What elements of a close read did you use?. What went well?. What would you do differently?. Learning Objectives. Increase knowledge of a Close Reading protocol.

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Professional development

Professional Development

For Science Education

October 2014

September reflection
September Reflection

What standard guided your close read?

What elements of a close read did you use?

What went well?

What would you do differently?

Learning objectives
Learning Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of a Close Reading protocol.

  • Identify and collaborate on ways to spiral standards.

Success Criteria

  • Apply aspects of a Close Reading protocol into a science lesson.

  • Construct and implement a monthly plan to spiral previously taught standards.

Elements of close reading
Elements of Close Reading

  • Repeated Readings

  • Annotation

  • Text-Dependent Questioning

  • Limited Frontloading

  • Short Passages

  • Student Talk

  • Careful, Purposeful Reading

  • Elements of Close Reading

  • Appropriately Complex Text

  • Writing From Reading

Developing text dependent questions
Developing Text-Dependent Questions

Identify standard and review item specs.

Choose the passage and create the purpose for reading – What do you want students to be able to know at the end?

Develop an activity to asses student understanding of the standard. (student talk, writing, ???)

Consider the steps students might need to get to the end goal. Use this to guide the development of text dependent questions.

Establish annotations to help students refer back to text as needed to meet the overall purpose.

Text dependent questions and complexity
Text-Dependent Questions and Complexity

What does the

text mean?

How is the text


What does the text say?

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Key Ideas and Details

How does genetic diversity impact our food supply?

Read the section “Direct Economic Value”

Annotation: Mark examples of how genetic diversity benefits food crops with the letter B.

Key Ideas and Details

How does genetic diversity impact medical treatments?

Read the section “Connection to Health”

Annotation: Mark examples of how biodiversity benefits human health issues with the letter B.

Standard : SC.912.L.17.8

Recognize the consequences of the losses of biodiversity due to catastrophic events, climate changes, human activity, and the introduction of invasive, non-native species.


Students will be able to discuss the impact biodiversity has on basic human needs and possible consequences if biodiversity decreases due to unexpected environmental changes.

Craft and Structure

How are scientist using biodiversity to increase food production?

Reread “Direct Economic Value”

Annotation: Circle the impact the lack of biodiversity has on plants and underline a solution scientists are pursuing.

Craft and Structure

Why is it important to maintain biodiversity for medical reasons?

Reread “Connection to Health”

Annotation: Circle the impact depleting biodiversity could have on our health.

Getting started with a partner
Getting Started with a Partner this reading activity

Look at your standards for next month.

  • Identify a standard

  • Choose a passage and create a purpose

  • Develop text dependent questions

  • Establish annotations

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Stay Calm this reading activity


take a




Professional development

September Reflection this reading activity

What was your spiraling plan for September?

How did you assess students on the spiraled material?

What went well?

What would you do differently?

Spiraling another look
Spiraling: Another Look this reading activity

  • Standards

  • Item specs

  • DATA





TAKE away something NEW

Assess students on spiral standards.

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  • Discuss your standards for this reading activityOctober

  • Identify standards to spiral based on class data

  • Create an activity

  • Take an activity

Share a best practice for spiraling.

Before the next pd
Before the Next PD… this reading activity

  • Reflect on your experiences with close reading and spiraling. (Reflection Handout)

  • Collect a student Sample from close reading and spiraling activities.

Please complete the exit pass and place in the box by the door
Please complete the Exit Pass and place in the this reading activitybox by the door.

Resources this reading activity

A Non-Freaked Out, Focused Approach to Close Reading

Close Reading and Writing From Sources by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

Text-Dependent Questions