Teaching effective reading strategies to students in secondary classroom across disciplines directly affects students’ ability to write and speak in the academic setting. Effective readers should be able to comprehend, make connections, summarize, analyze, visualize, comprehend and predict/infer with any given age appropriate text. All of these skills directly relate to students ability to succeed in all other areas of the classroom.
Reciprocal teaching is a group discussion technique. It assigns each group member a specific role for discussion. These specific roles keep students accountable as they are required to fulfill a role in the conversation. It would especially be a great tool in an English or History class. JW
This one stands for: Topic, Facts, Connections, and New Understanding. This is a great way to help guide your students' reading. This system is also a great tool to promote students to not only follow these concepts during the activity but to also apply them in other subjects as well as their own research and learning. DS
Connecting the Text
This strategy is used to help students draw connections from a given text in three distinct ways. This strategy helps students connect the text-to-text, text to self, and text to world. This strategy can be done in a variety of ways. Attached below is a general handout that can be used and altered in multiple ways. KC
The teacher begins by providing a brief context for the reading. It is possible to have the teacher read the select text aloud, or have a student read it, with students (modeled by the teacher) generating a list of key words, and ideas. Discussion to develop those keywords and ideas can follow, with a repeat of the passage, if necessary. LH