Understanding the Close Reading of Complex Texts

Summer Academy


Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of what it means to do a close reading of a complex text in both the fiction and nonfiction genres. This workshop will take into account the varying definitions of what it means to do a close reading and the multiple skills needed when doing a close reading. Particular attention will be placed on the ability of the teacher to model close reading.

Participants will:

  • Understand the definition of close reading
  • Learn how to employ a variety of skills in order to do a close reading
  • Be able to apply the close reading skills to both fiction and nonfiction texts\
  • Understand the pitfalls in doing close reading
  • Know how to model, guide and support students when doing a close reading\
  • Understanding the definition of complex texts and how to choose texts for close reading that match up to student needs.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Administrators, Special Education, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Literacy Interventionists, PreK - 8.


22 PDPs.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Sanford Roth is a veteran classroom, reading, and special education teacher. Trained as both a Literacy trainer and a Reading Recovery teacher, Sandy has led school improvement initiatives in Massachusetts and Connecticut school elementary schools. He has done extensive consulting in the teaching of reading. He has a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan, and an M.Ed., CAGS, and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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