Reciprocal Teaching Professional Resources...

Nov 3, 2010 by

The following professional books and websites provide additional valuable information about reciprocal teaching and practical strategies for implementing it. Professional Books: Websites: Reciprocal Teaching Questions and Answers Reciprocal Teaching: A Reading Strategy Reading Rockets North Central Regional Educational Lab Reciprocal Teaching Video Demonstration Part 1  Reciprocal Teaching Video Demonstration Part 2 Lori Oczkus Models Reciprocal Teaching Share...

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Clarifying Mini-Lessons and Practice Activities...

Nov 2, 2010 by

During the clarifying step of reciprocal teaching, students are asked to monitor their own comprehension of a passage, identify and explain difficult words and ideas, and use a variety of strategies to clear up confusion. Most students find it easier to identify words that they cannot decode or do not understand than to identify unclear ideas. Students must be taught to monitor their own comprehension by constantly asking themselves, “Does this make sense?” “Do I understand what I am reading?” It is our job to help students notice more as they read—to help them pay attention to story structure, text features, headings, etc. The clarification strategy helps students realize that they should always be monitoring their reading for meaning. Red Flags It is important to teach readers how to know when they are stuck...

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Questioning Mini-Lessons and Practice Activities...

Nov 2, 2010 by

Research has found that proficient readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. Developing readers do not automatically use this strategy, so it is one that must be explicitly taught. In a reciprocal teaching lesson students are taught to formulate main idea, detail-oriented, and inference questions after each section they read. Because students know that they will be asked to formulate these questions, they read with greater awareness. Even students who have a tendency to skim over difficult spots will attend to their reading more closely, thereby increasing their comprehension. At first students tend to focus on lower level detail-oriented questions. With practice, however, they learn to formulate main idea and higher level inference questions as well. Picture This This activity is a great way to introduce students to the questioning strategy. Display a...

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Summarizing Mini-Lessons and Practice Activities...

Oct 31, 2010 by

Summarizing is a complex strategy that requires students to construct concise descriptions of the main points or events of a text. It is helpful to teach summarizing after questioning because they are closely related skills.  When summarizing narrative text, students should use story structure (characters, setting, problem, events, resolution) to help recount the story in order. When summarizing expository text, students need to determine the most important ideas and arrange them in a logical order. Students need to be taught that summarizing is an in-the-head strategy that proficient readers use to sustain meaning throughout their reading of a text. The following are some excellent video lessons which demonstrate effective teaching of summarization skills: Introduction to Summarizing Using Key Words to Summarize Using Interactive Writing to Teach Summary Writing Checking for Understanding  Conferring to Assess...

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