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Literature--Study and teaching; Reading, Psychology of;


The purpose of this advanced literature review is to examine the evolution of close reading as a reading strategy. Currently, close reading is a strategy used to teach students to independently navigate through challenging text. This strategy was previously used in higher education, but as years progressed, the strategy was used less frequently. Since the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) there has been a rebirth of close reading as a reading strategy.

The literature review discusses the history and background of close reading starting in the early 1900's. Next the literature review explores instructional strategies, and effective implementation of close reading. The next portion of the text examines researchers who support close reading as a reading strategy and their suggestions for effectively implementing this reading strategy. Finally, since close reading is a relatively new reading strategy, research and information to support implementation is sometimes lacking. Therefore, controversies and opposition to close reading are included in the review.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Sarah Vander Zanden


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