Close Reading Mini-Course

Are you looking for a small group instructional practice that’s particularly beneficial for improving students’ ability to engage with more complex texts?

This online course is for you if:

  • you’re looking for small group practice outside of Guided Reading. 
  • you have heard of Close Reading but aren’t exactly sure what full-strength implementation is meant to look like. 
  • are wondering if there is a difference between close reading and cloze reading. 
  • have students in your class who struggle to engage with texts that aren’t at their reading level. 

The course:

In this self-paced online mini-course, Mardi Gorman and I:

  • look at why close reading is an effective practice for use in small group (and potentially whole class) instruction in reading. 
  • discuss the purpose of close reading and look at why you would choose to use this with your students. 
  • examine history of this practice and understand how it came to be (and why each element is important in the lesson). 
  • break down the structure of a close reading lesson and examine each part in detail. 
  • watch a video of a close reading lesson to show you what it looks like in action. 

This 1.5 hour online course starts as soon as you sign up and is divided into the following lessons:

  • Lesson 1: What is Close Reading?
  • Lesson 2: The History of Close Reading
  • Lesson 3: Key features of Effective Close Reading (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4: Key features of Effective Close Reading (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5: Primary Research Findings (Part 1)
  • Lesson 6: Primary Research Findings (Part 2)
  • Lesson 7: Lesson Structure
  • Lesson 8: Teaching Tips 

This course is suitable for:

  • Pre-service teachers
  • Graduate teachers
  • Established teachers who want to start or strengthen Lit Circles in their classroom
  • Literacy leaders and coaches

The details:

  • What: This is a self-paced online course. It includes a series of pre-recorded video lessons that you can stop and start when you want. 
  • Where: On the Oz Lit Teacher and Mardi Gorman course website (Kajabi) – you’ll get login details as soon as you purchase the course.
  • When: This course is available to start right now! (You will have access to the course content for 6 months).
  • Time: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Cost: $ 65 +GST per person (with 5% being donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation) If you’d like an invoice so your school can pay, just send an invoice request to: and Shirl will let you know how to sign up.

Feedback from previous participants for our courses:

I really loved the references to the evidence based best practices, sharing the history of the practices and then the really practical way how we can take the information straight back into our classrooms. It was so relevant to what I am wanting to implement and improve on with my own teaching. 


Fabulous presentation. Loved that the information is presented in a way that it can be transferred into practice so easily.


Your delivery of information was great! I was constantly thinking about my own practices and how I could take these ideas back into our school while you were talking


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