Common Core State Standards are rigorous, to say the least. This past winter I read Closing in on Close Reading by Nancy Boyles and was inspired to learn more. I am currently reading Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst and enjoying the practical strategies for close reading. To complement Notice and Note, I have been exploring Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading and Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels and Nancy Steineke. I also started a Pinterest board for close reading at http://pinterest.com/mrshamorg/close-reading/.
Here are a few apps that could help support close reading.
I am also working on a Close Reading for Fiction and Nonfiction session at the Raising Student Achievement Conference in December 2013 with Jennifer Ruhl. I will post the presentation here in December.