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Common Core Close Reading Exemplar for English Language Arts and Social Studies:

Grade One: Why We Need Rules and Laws


Close reading is an instructional strategy that can be used to help students go deeply into text to seek out information, acquire key concepts, and employ strategies, automatically andinvisibly as independent readers. The Common Core State Standards initiative encourages students to take several passes of text to read and reread passages closely and interact with text through a series of questions, discussions, and writing activities.

This first grade exemplar, an adaptation of close reading protocols found at achievethecore.org and by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp[i]. provides directions for teachers to accomplish this goal in the context of the social studies curriculum to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become informed, engaged citizens. It demonstrates techniques for helping students closely read and reread passages of their social studies textbook about the importance of rules and laws to answer text dependent questions through dialogue, writing, and formal presentations. After engaging in the close reading exercise, students are asked to apply their knowledge in relevant, real-world scenarios by conducting research in their school community about the importance of rules and laws. Students are asked to create a set of rules for their classroom or school and make aformal presentation to community members. Video clips of each step of the exemplar feature Tammy Keiser, first grade teacher at Lake Marie Elementary School at South Whittier School District and her students. The exemplar, powerpoint presentation, and video clips are available for your professional development needs to demonstrate how social studies aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts can prepare students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century.

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