Close Reading Resources

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  • Close Reading Tips
  • Harvard's Writing Center Close Reading Guide

    The process of writing an essay usually begins with the close reading of a text. Of course, the writer's personal experience may occasionally come into the essay, and all essays depend on the writer's own observations and knowledge. But most essays, especially academic essays, begin with a close reading of some kind of text—a painting, a movie, an event—and usually with that of a written text. When you close read, you observe facts and details about the text. You may focus on a particular passage, or on the text as a whole. Your aim may be to notice all striking features of the text, including rhetorical features, structural elements, cultural references; or, your aim may be to notice only selected features of the text—for instance, oppositions and correspondences, or particular historical references. Either way, making these observations constitutes the first step in the process of close reading.

    The second step is interpreting your observations. What we're basically talking about here is inductive reasoning: moving from the observation of particular facts and details to a conclusion, or interpretation, based on those observations. And, as with inductive reasoning, close reading requires careful gathering of data (your observations) and careful thinking about what these data add up to.

  • How to Conduct a Close Reading of Literary Passage
  • Middle School ELA Curriculum Video: Close Reading of a Text: MLK “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
  • Steps for Close Reading or Explication de texte

    This article provides 12 steps to follow before one begins writing following a close reading of text.
  • The Art of Close Reading Part 1

    Reading for purpose, reading within disciplines, etc.
  • The Art of Close Reading Part II

     Avoiding impressionistic reading and writing, reading reflectively, thinking about reading while reading, engaging a text, etc.
  • The Art of Close Reading, Part III

     Includes how to read a textbook, newspaper, editorial, structural reading, how to read a sentence and a paragraph, etc.

Social Studies Resources

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Science Resources

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Tools For Ambitious Science Teaching

 Ambitious teaching is supported by four sets of core practices that work together throughout every unit of study. These practices start with designing units of instruction (Planning for engagement with important science ideas); they then focus on making visible what students currently know about the science being taught (Eliciting students’ ideas); they help the teacher guide sense-making talk around investigations and other kinds of lab activities or readings (Supporting on-going changes in thinking); and finally they help the teacher scaffold students’ efforts to put everything together near the end of a unit (Pressing for evidence-based explanations).

Science Buddies

Free Topic Selection Wizard, science fair project ideas, step by step how to do a science fair project, Ask an Expert discussion board, and science fair tips for students.

Bozeman Science

 Bozeman Science is here to help with videos covering the topics of  AP BiologyAP Chemistry, and AP Physics.  Best of luck to everyone.

Math Resources

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Summer Math Challenge | MetaMetrics Inc

The Summer Math Challenge is a FREE math skills maintenance program based on grade-level standards that help prepare students

Math Pickle

Math Pickle is a great website for k-12 teachers. It provides them with curricular games, puzzles and mini-competitions for the classroom.

Math Score

Math Score has been proven in school to improve math proficiency for all skill levels, remedial through advanced. Appropriate for 2n grade through Algebra I.

Math Central

This is an internet service for mathematics students and teachers. It provides several resources for teaching and learning math.

National Council of teachers of Technology 

This is a platform for Math teachers where they share ideas, lesson plans, and many other resources.


This is a section in Teachnology that features over 2.000 free math printables that range in skill from grades k-12.

Education World

Education World presents a variety of math resources that all teachers can use to liven up instruction.

PBS Teachers

PBS Teachers Math provides some great Math resources organized into different grade-subject pages.