Saturday, July 26, 2014

Alice in Wonderland: Close Reading Guide

Lisa Robles

      Alice was first published in 1865 and most found the novel to be utter

nonsense.  However, the illustrations provided by John Tenniel garnered 


      Over time, people have come to appreciate it for it's logic play and is 

considered a prime example of the literary nonsense genre.  Today it a classic.

     Personally I've always loved the book and when a colleague suggested I 

decorate my classroom with Alice, I was intrigued.  Here are some images 

from my classroom.

     Of course I wanted to read the novel aloud to my students but I wanted to 

go even deeper.  I decided to create a close reading guide so that we could go

deeper with the literature.
     This 45 page close reading guide has an outline of the components of 

authentic literacy and what it looks like in the classroom. I formatted the unit as

follows. There are possible focus questions for each and every chapter as the

story progresses. It also includes explicit gradual release of responsibility 

formatted lessons sprinkled throughout. I included a close reading sheet for 

each of the explicit lessons.  I also included the common core standards.  At 

the end, there is a blank sheet for planning and to use with close reading of 

different chapters as well as a rubric for scoring the close reading. This isn't a 

bunch of worksheets as I don't teach that way. This is for going deep with the 



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