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Volume 22, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 1074-4762
  • E-ISSN: 1943-3069


Renewed conversations about close reading in relation to implementation of the Common Core Standards offer numerous opportunities to hone both traditional and innovative instructional practices. Two experienced teacher educators explore the features and benefits of collaborative read-alouds, using crossover picture books, the importance of attending to student voice in contemporary learning environments, and deepening student interactions with texts. The article also emphasizes the role of teachers’ reflective practices, critical thinking, and the need to look beyond the Common Core Standards when planning for instruction. A resource list of twenty recommended picture books for collaborative read-aloud is included.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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