Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Let's Not Forget Skimming in Our "Bag of Skills"

Skimming is not the opposite of close reading.  It is the gateway to pull information out of text.  Sarah Tantillo tells of her experience observing a 7th grade class reacting to a teacher response to a student answer - a close reading descriptor with evidence in a passage 12 pages long - all in 3 minutes.  As she observed, she noted that the students did not know how to skim.  Asking the teacher for a "time-out" Ms Tantillo took over the lesson and taught the students the D.DAT strategy.  To find out more read her article.

Skimming:  The Overlooked Close Reading Skill. Sarah Tantillo. 1.19.14 MiddleWeb

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