Helping students improve their understanding of texts through analytical reading.

Grades 6-8

“To help kids read beneath the words themselves—and to help them understand not only what they’ve read but how the writer achieved the effect she did–I ask students get at the difference between summarizing and analyzing text by using a simple, three-column worksheet as they read.

I call this strategy “Reading with a Pen,” and I believe this approach has the potential to transform student reading and understanding–no matter what the grade or subject.”

Monica Washington

Monica Washington is an English III and AP English III teacher at Texas High School where she serves as department chair. She has been in education for seventeen years and has taught grades 7-12. She began her teaching career in 1998 in Memphis, T... Full Bio