First up, Larry Ferlazzo has a great list

Close Reading: Am I Getting Close? from Learning Is Growing

Does Background Knowledge Matter to Reading Comprehension? from Russ On Reading

What, exactly is close reading of the text? from Grant Wiggins. Part two is here.

The first chapter of the book Notice and Note by Beers and Probst (2013), which you can buy here. I found the following portion especially interesting, and I wonder how prevalent this attitude is among teachers of English literature, not just in America but around the world:

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