75 Questions for Rhetorical Analysis 

One of the very best close reading strategies I teach is questioning using Costa's levels; however, students sometimes need to build familiarity with what effective questions actually look like. They need to internalize them. They need to use them regularly. Asking the right questions can move struggling students beyond pedestrian summary into the realm of … Continue reading 75 Questions for Rhetorical Analysis¬†

Close Reading With Costa’s Levels of Questioning

Have you ever told your students to find the "deeper meaning" of a text? Or asked them to share their "deeper understanding" of a concept or skill? Then you, like me, are guilty of one of the most common sins of teaching English Language Arts. Here's the problem: most kids have no idea what "deeper … Continue reading Close Reading With Costa’s Levels of Questioning