The purpose of this action piece is to discuss my experience with teaching close reading in the urban classroom. It explains ideas and challenges that I encountered when teaching close reading in conjunction with close reading strategies. I detail close reading strategies and explain how they can be used advantageously. The article closes with ideas on how I learned the importance of promoting student self-application of strategies, incorporating strategies so that they are not time consuming, differentiating strategies, and ultimately, the idea of promoting reading for enjoyment.

Author Biography

Sharonica Nelson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English Language Arts Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include urban education, writing instruction, literacy, and teacher education.

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