One of the teaching techniques that has been pushed with the Common Core is called Close Reading, and it’s not new. English teachers have been doing it for years. In fact, it’s so omnipresent that many English teachers do it without even knowing what it’s called.
So why is it a big deal now? Because the version of Close Reading that is being currently promoted is not quite the original almost-a-century-old version. Some significant changes are being slipped into Close Reading, and none of them are a good thing. Here’s a history of the original Close Reading and a breakdown of what is different about the current version.