Using Close Reading to Improve Critical Thinking Skills: A Project

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Objectives
In producing my project my objectives are:
• To integrate close reading strategies with the literacy/science curriculum to improve critical thinking outcomes with a group of 45 kindergarteners in a medium sized suburban kindergarten classroom
• To determine if using close reading can help close the increasing achievement gap between kindergarten and first grade Hispanic and non-Hispanic learners
• To develop a variety of close reading activities that can be used in kindergarten and first grade classes
• To share my knowledge and results with colleagues at my school
Project Description
My project has been to investigate how to implement close reading strategies as a means to develop critical thinking skills starting in
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I will share my lesson plans and knowledge of close reading with my colleagues as part of professional development.

Project Schedule
The following timeline was used as a guide to the development of my project:
Tracking Plan
APRIL

May

June
September
Research Phase

Design Phase

Presentation Phase • Assess student performance on state testing (analyze Illinois State Report card, look at demographics, achievement gap)
• Needs assessment of diverse learners (how do their needs differ? does close reading contrast with ELL strategies?, best practices)
• Research on close reading strategies (what research has been done, what can be implemented in a kindergarten classroom with nonreaders)
• Implementation of close reading strategies in the classroom
• Use of teacher developed materials
• Collaboration with Reading Specialist
• Data collection, analysis
• Professional development to share results
• Implementation of year long close reading in the kindergarten classroom (about one per theme) Key Decisions • Close reading effective in developing critical thinking skills
• Meeting the needs of diverse learners
• How to implement close reading in the kindergarten classroom
• Data collection/results
• Method of professional
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