Just Announced! One-Day Workshops: Fall In Love With Close Reading, WI and NY

In honor of my upcoming book, coauthored with Kate Roberts, titled “Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts–And Life” (due out Fall 2013) I will be leading Heinemann One-Day Workshops this Winter!  I’m so excited to bring our classroom study, research, and a little analysis of Justin Bieber (yes, I did say that) to these two locations for a full day workshop:

Here is the description from Heinemann’s website, links are live and go directly to Heinemann’s page for registration. Looking forward to working with you to Fall in Love with Close Reading!

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One-Day Workshop: Fall In Love With Close Reading


Close reading is more than text-dependent questions! Spend an engaging and thought-provoking day with Christopher Lehman who will support you with practical methods for teaching the skills of deep analytical reading in ways that enchant students and transfer to their independent work. You will study methods of facilitating thoughtful conversations about texts that make student learning visible and provide ongoing opportunities for using this authentic assessment in your reading instruction. Chris will help you think practically about the role of text-complexity in your classroom and parse out reading achievement fact from fiction. You will learn structures that lead to independent close reading habits and avoid the common classroom pitfall of students superficially reading and rereading. Ultimately, you will consider ways of broadening this study beyond texts, seeing how reading anything closely – from popular music to conversations with friends – can be eye-opening and empowering. Author and coauthor of several popular Heinemann titles, this workshop will draw on research and classroom practice from his newest book, coauthored with Kate Roberts, Falling In Love With Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts – And Life (Fall 2013). His fun, witty, and interactive teaching style will leave you feeling confident to support students as they develop big ideas about narratives, nonfiction texts, and media.  


  • Understand what close reading is and is not. Understand the role of close reading historically, what the Common Core State Standards say (and don’t say) about the practice, and what this means for your instruction.
  • Learn methods for close reading that transfer across narratives, informational and argumentative texts, poetry, media and life. Discover ways of structuring your teaching so students develop habits they can carry across the variety of texts they read.
  • Study close reading fundamentals and ways to build to more sophisticated work. Chris will share student work and close reading practices used in upper elementary through high school and help you imagine a progression of development that match the needs of your students.
  • Take opportunities to assess student growth and make instructional decisions. Studying student talk and writing about reading, you will see ways to take quick accounting of your students and decide upon next steps.
  • Plan how close reading will fit into your reading instruction. You will take with you suggestions for weaving close reading into your instruction in ways that support student growth while still balancing the richness of your curriculum.



Christopher Lehman is an international speaker, education consultant and author/coauthor of several popular books including Pathways to the Common Core with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth;Energize Research Reading and Writing; A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers; and his newest book, coauthored with Kate Roberts, Falling In Love With Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts – And Life. His background includes teaching middle school, high school, serving as a literacy coach, and supporting grades 3-8 as a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. His articles have appeared in many publications and popular blogs includingVoices in the MiddleSmartBrief, and EdWeek. Chris consults in elementary and secondary schools, supporting educators, coaches, and administrators in developing rigorous and passionate literacy instruction across content areas. His unwavering belief that every child can succeed drives his practical, research-driven and engaging work in schools throughout the world. Chris is a popular Heinemann PD provider and delivers expert professional development through live webinars, workshops, and on-site consulting.  


This workshop is designed for classroom teachers of grades 4-12, administrators, curriculum coordinators, literacy specialists, and staff developers.  


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.  


The cost of this workshop is $219.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $209.00 per person. Early Bird Special! Register by September 13, 2013 and save!

  • Individual…………………………………………..$199.00
  • 3 or more…………………………………………..$189.00



12/06/2013 – Brookfield, WI 12/09/2013 – Amherst, NY Click here to download a Printable Registration Form.



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