Common Core requires us to teach close reading, but don't think for a minute that entails only text. Maps, charts, diagrams, photos, videos and other visual aids are often present for the student to use to better understand the concepts of the text. Read this amazing article and find out why1492 was chosen as the year Columbus started his expedition across the Atlantic. (Question: Did you know the full answer? I know I didn't)
Close reading of these aids is important to teach our students; they are not just simply factual storehouses.
After reading this article will you be doing something differently in your Title I class?
What Do We Mean my Reading Maps? Phil Gersmehl. 7.22.13. Education Week. Premium article.