Below is a link to the PowerPoint, in case you're planning on doing training of your own.

Here are the cards as PDF's in a Zip file.

Description (Purpose)

40 Ways to Read Like a Detective: Supporting Text-Centered Instruction

Join the ELA section of NCDPI for an interactive presentation exploring instruction grounded in text, utilizing the book Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives (Fisher, D., Frey, N., and Lapp, D., 2011). During 40 ways to read like a detective, participants will explore myriad approaches to a text, approaches which are applicable to or adaptable for learners in all grade levels. This fast-paced, engaging session will offer a wide variety of Common-Core aligned lesson ideas, which address key instructional shifts for ELA. Participants will practice briefly with a few of the lesson ideas, and discuss ways to adapt ideas for varying grade levels. We will be providing a text for participants to use. Participants are asked to bring a copy of the ELA Common Core State Standards.
  • We will share 40 different ways to bring students back into the text to write, find evidence, reflect, read deeply, and become stronger, independent readers.
  • We will practice with a few of these strategies; many we will just discuss.
  • We will maintain a quick and lively pace.
  • We will provide strategies that teachers can use to increase connections to the Common Core and students' complex-level thinking.

Learner Outcomes:


This is not required, but participants may feel free to purchase their own copies of our center text, Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives (Fisher, Frey, & Lapp), and begin perusing the text.