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Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  813 ratings  ·  153 reviews
"Just as rigor does not reside in the barbell but in the act of lifting it, rigor in reading is not an attribute of a text but rather of a reader's behavior-engaged, observant, responsive, questioning, analytical. The close reading strategies in Notice and Note will help you cultivate those critical reading habits that will make your students more attentive, thoughtful, in...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Heinemann Educational Books
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"Notice and Note" picks up where Keene and Zimmermann left off (or left us hanging) with strategy-based comprehension instruction. Like many teachers in the 1990's, after I read Keene & Zimmermann's "Mosaic of Thought" I attempted to explicitly teach visualizing, connecting, inferencing, and so on. It didn't work. It became an exercise in sticky notes and forced "comprehension" as in "now everyone stop and visualize what you see because that's what good readers do." While I don't believe thi...more
Sometimes books find you when you need them the most. I feel that way about NOTICE AND NOTE. I saw Beers and Probst talk about this book a couple of years ago, and was excited to see I could buy it.

They share my suspicions about the motives of the authors of CCSS, and they feel confident about their own practice and professionalism to make the case, again, for transactional reading...reading that insists the reader create meaning, not just regurgitate the meaning the teacher has found. I rememb...more
I read Notice and Note as part of a Twitter book study which included participation by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. While the reading strategies were not new to me, the engaging way they were presented were. Beers and Probst throw a little humor in, at their own expense, throughout the chapters clearly keeping it real. The authors did not paint a rosy picture of how they saved the reading world, instead they provided examples of genuine student feedback and reactions. The book included a l...more
Beers and Probst offer a unique and useful approach to close reading. After hearing their presentation in San Antonio at the International Reading Association, I went straight to the Heinemann booth to buy the book--and lucky me because I bought the second to last copy available before the rest of the crowd got there.

I recommend this book to teachers and teacher educators, but with two caveats. One, this is a book that advocates approaches that might best be considered "introduction to close re...more
Chris Kervina
Notice & Note offers a framework for moving students away from teacher-generated-question-dependent reading toward independently noticing aspects of texts. Their simple six-signpost system gives students concrete features to discuss and notice as they read. Beers and Probst offer this as during reading work and it's a way of seeing texts that can be used immediately.

This book is a fantastic companion text to Penny Kittle's Book Love. While Kittle emphasizes independent choice in reading, Bee...more
Shannon Clark
I say it again. It.Just.Makes.Sense. :)

This book is SO practical. Kind of one of those books that as you read it you pop yourself upside the head and think, why haven't I been doing this????????????????

EXCELLENT book and very excited to be having a twitter book chat about it June 6,13,20 at 8pm CST. Hashtag is #NNNchat. Come join the party! We have also created a facebook group.

Susan Kennedy
I took so many notes in the initial chapters of Note and Notice that I created a google doc. Beers and Probst really changed my thinking about two important characteristics of the Readers' Workshop: "the minilesson" and guided reading work. Before you think I am suggesting we through these things out, that's not the case. I am suggesting as I think they were, to varying our diet of offerings. Beers and Probst make a good case for me to divide my book offerings to students in three ways: whole cl...more
This was a really helpful book, but not in the way that I thought. My district has had a very defined strategy for teaching close reading, and this book is much, much looser. It's not entirely focused on close reading, but more the kinds of questions and signposts readers look for as they read so that they can dig deeper into a text. It is heavily focused on fiction, so I'll need to find another book to help me with informational texts, but this was still so thorough I don't really fault it for...more
I can't wait to start teaching this on Monday! Beers and Probst have discovered that nearly all children's chapter books and young adult books contain what they describe as "signposts". These signposts signal to the reader that something is happening that needs extra thought and attention. By giving struggling readers this missing step, they will now have the concrete tools to be able to identify when they need to slow down and think, thus allowing a much deeper understanding. If you follow Foun...more
Sarah Zerwin
why: I have been wanting to read this for a while, but it's also a text I need to review for the course I'm teaching at CU this fall.

when: start 7/17, end 7/19

how: I read this in hard copy once again. I did lots of reading sitting outside at Grand Teton National Park with the dogs while my traveling companions were checking out attractions in the park that the dogs could not visit. I finished reading it in the passenger seat of the car en route from Grand Teton to Grand Mesa, Colorado.

Excellent presentation of six signposts that readers can look for that help unlock the deeper meanings in fiction, such as character development and theme. The signposts are : Aha moments (when a character finally figures something out), Memory moments (flashbacks), Again and agains (words or phrases that are repeated), Words of the wiser (when a character gets advise from a wiser, usually older character), Contract and contradictions (things that go against what you know about the world, or aga...more
A good choice for anyone involved in helping elementary to secondary school learners gain more from their reading. In all my experiences with independent schools for almost forty years , the English departments have done an excellent job with the type of close reading that is covered in this text. This approach to literature is not new but laid out in a way that makes it accessible to teachers at all levels and in all contexts. An excellent resource for those who are entering this domain of teac...more
I am looking forward to trying these lessons with students. The signposts and questions are a concrete way to teach students to think critically about their reading. It answers questions I hear all the time from teachers - how do I teach them to think? I will be exploring picture books and other mentor text for younger students to see if it is feasible to teach some of the signposts to younger students.
Just on p.20 and I love this book!! The authors discuss "rigor" in the classroom and have this to say, "Rigor is not an attribute of a text but rather a characteristic of our behavior with that text." Can I get an AMEN?
And another notable quote (p.82): "We want to teach our students to be alert for certain features as they read, to take responsibility themselves for pausing and reflecting when they spot them, to own and ask a few potentially powerful questions at those moments, and to be willing...more
DeeDee Merrill
I was pleasantly suprised with how much I learned while reading this book and how easy it was to relate to. I was afraid that without a background in teaching that I would be lost and feel like it didn't pertain to me. Boy was I wrong!!!

The advice given is not only helping me to be a better reader, but a better writer. I am paying attention to the signposts as I read and not beating myself up when a book is simply too difficult for me. I no longer feel stupid, I feel like the book just isn't fo...more
Ryan Jockers
Unlike some books and articles written for teachers these days, this one does not pander to the CCSS and is not based on theory as the basis for its purpose. Notice and Note is practical, and well-written. Both authors looked at the books commonly taught in schools and found similar things that authors do in each book and then created a simple plan to show kids how to find those things (signposts) and then show them the type of questions to ask in response. By asking the simple "anchor" question...more
Rebecca Reid
InNotice and Note:Strategies for Close Readingby Kylene Beers and Robert Probst (Heinnemann 2012), teachers are provided with a wealth of information relating to close reading. Not only do they provide six clear “sign posts” to teach close reading, but also questions for students to ask themselves relating to close read, lesson plan ideas for teaching the strategies, and real class examples of how the lesson plans proceed.Notice and Noteis geared toward teachers of students from fourth to tenth...more
The Signpost Lessons are great- they really give struggling readers a set of things to hold on to while they are reading. I think they will take some more practice than I have given them time to do, but I am glad I have them as a resource for my classroom.
Shana Karnes
Fantastic! I did not read the whole book--just the chapters I was really curious about, since it's mid-school year and I'm stupid busy--but I loved what I read. Beers is SO SMART and I loved reading her ideas in book (rather than Twitter) form!!
Scott Allen
I picked up this book to become better and teaching close reading strategies for my English 12 students and AP Literature students. And while this book has some great ideas and strategies I found that it probably wasn't so useful for my higher level classes, but more useful for my Read 180 class.

So, this book isn't necessarily about picking out passages to have your students annotate and look at sentence structure. But provides a really good framework to make less skilled readers notice things t...more
Great resource to help students notice more when reading in school and for pleasure. I will use this!!
Amazing! Best PD book I have read in a while. So refreshing!
I've been trying to prompt my young readers to deeper understandings of text but I find that I am doing all of the "leading" and "questioning". I felt like I was hitting a wall in my attempts to lead them to become actively engaged with text. This text outlines a way in which we can teach students what to look for as they become aware of "signposts", techniques that authors use, to encourage them to engage with texts at deeper levels of understanding. This is a way for me to be able to...more
I ought to rate this book higher. It really deserves a higher rating but I can't because I am unable to implement it as it deserves to be implemented.

Last week I attended a district workshop with Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst, tha authors. At the end of the workshop, they provided all the teachers who attended My review of the book is biased by my dissatisfaction with the district. I dislike workshops which take place during the school year which will affect my teaching. I also dislike works...more
Sam Dye
How fortunate I am to have a daughter who teaches literature. "You'll keep on teaching through the foolishness that seems to be a part of education these days. When people talk of measuring the 'value added' by a teacher, we tell them they don't need complicated mathematical formulas. They need only to look at you--you arrive early, stay late, celebrate your students' successes, worry over those who need more than perhaps you can give, and always you wonder what else you can do. We laugh at the...more
This is one of those books that will make me a better teacher.

The Notice and Note signposts are not going to be eye-opening or surprising to good readers. However, good readers often turn into teachers who want to share the reading experience with students... and those teachers can't always explain what's going on internally when they read. I'm one of those teachers.

As a teacher, especially one who works with struggling readers, I have had to pay closer attention to my reading process and what I...more
I saw Bob Probst and Kylene Beers present at CCIRA in 2013 and was intrigued by the lessons they were sharing pre-publication for this book. This book focuses on 6 "signposts" that we can recognize as readers (and teach our students). These signposts are presented in very clear lessons that are quick to deliver in class and have lasting effects. I began my year last year teaching the signposts through my first read aloud and we used them all year as readers. Very good stuff!
Technically I only read the first two-thirds of this book--the rationale and description of the signposts for close reading. I did not read the lessons themselves as I don't have my own class any more. I liked how the opening section starts with 10 pertinent questions about reading followed by short, accessible responses. I particularly liked the chapters on rigor and text complexity. I think the signposts would be especially helpful for struggling middle school readers. I think they could be in...more
Karen Arendt
I am so glad I read this book this summer! Some of the teachers at my school are using the strategies, and I wanted to be familiar with them. The six signposts are easy to use and remember, the questions (there's only one per signpost!) are stretchable, there are lessons to teach each signpost, and there are online resources! Thank you to Margaret for letting me borrow her copy!
This was the perfect balance of "fluff" (anecdotes) and do-this-now instruction. I feel I have a VERY clear idea of how to teach reading interpretation in a way that gives just enough guidance to students and just enough open-ended ness so students can stretch beyond the labeled "literary signposts."

I'll probably end up relying on this book the most for reading workshop.
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