American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
Theme: Leveraging Educational Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence
April 5-9, 2019
Title: Promoting Close Reading with Digital Scaffolding in Middle School (Paper)
Event: Technology in Literacy Education
Authors: Jenell Krishnan, Mary J. Schleppegrell, Penelope Collins, Mark Warschauer
Abstract: Most definitions of close reading call for attention to language in service of disciplinary objectives. But few approaches offer assistance on how to focus on language. Additionally, teachers often have few strategies for engaging students in close reading that focuses on language and meaning. This study reports on an instructional approach to close reading that drew on theoretical perspectives from systemic functional linguistics in the context of a larger literacy intervention. Responses of 50 teachers indicated that they learned multiple strategies for teaching reading, determined what to focus on during close reading, and how to engage in complex text analysis. Teachers also reported that close reading supported English Learners with strategies for approaching text-dependent questions, and through rich classroom discussions.