The two Close Reading of Complex Texts Maps, for Grades 2 – 5 and 5 – 8, were co-created by Professional Learning Maps (PLM) and nationally renowned authors and literacy experts Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey. The Maps are designed in a flipped PD format — educators complete four online, self-guided modules and then attend a full-day onsite training led by an experienced PLM coach.

Using grade-level examples and their own curriculum materials, educators learn to plan and teach close reading lessons, choose appropriate informational and literary complex texts, develop text-dependent questions, foster classroom discussion, and provide appropriate feedback for students to improve close reading skills.


  • Overview: Close Reading of Complex Texts
  • What Close Reading Is and What It Does for Teachers and Students
  • Selecting Complex Text for Close Reading
  • How Text-Dependent Questions Support Close Reading

Map Content

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  • Close Reading Module 2

    Access key instructional strategies to support students in your classroom.

At the Onsite Workshop

During our in-person workshops, educators continue to sharpen the close reading skills developed during the online learning experience. Using their own curricular materials, educators create a complete close reading instructional plan for immediate use in their classroom. The workshop is interactive and collaborative, and the activities are engaging and relevant to each educator’s grade level.

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