I love, love, love this article! We are transitioning to the common core this year and the idea of close reading was a bit confusing. Especially the way we introduce the stories. I was so used to doing all of the pre-reading activities. However, it does makes sense for children to dive right. I have two questions regarding the article for the author or the community. First question: Is there a strategy to identify the key vocabulary? Do the children choose whats important or do we present them to the children? Also, how soon should we begin a lesson as such? Can I begin the first week of school with third graders? This is my first year teaching third grade and Im not sure what skills they are coming with.
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