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3.2 Independent Reading

In Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading, Fisher, Frey, and Lapp (2012) recommend that the students attempt to grapple with a text independently on their first reading. They suggest that students read with a pencil, marking the text with questions and circling or underlining words or phrases that are unclear.

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Take a moment to watch how Mrs. Valbuena, grade 5 teacher from Stanton Elementary School in the Glendora Unified School District, instructs her students to read the Bill of Rights. Notice how she helps prepare the students for the unfamiliar words they will encounter when reading independently.

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Time to Try

Review the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy Reading Informational Text Standards on pp. 8-9 and the Language Standards on pp. 31-34 to answer the following questions in your journal.