• Introduction

    To be college and career ready, students need to be able to read sufficiently complex texts on their own and gather evidence, knowledge, and insight from those texts. These close reading exemplars intend to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require.

    Each of these exemplars, produced by Student Achievement Partners, features the following: readings tasks in which students are asked to read and reread passages and respond to a series of text-dependent questions; vocabulary and syntax tasks which linger over noteworthy or challenging words and phrases; discussion tasks in which students are prompted to use text evidence and refine their thinking; and writing tasks that assess student understanding of the text.


    We encourage teachers to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.