Superstar Reading Strategies

What you might know as "Reciprocal Teaching" (links to Reading Rockets' explanation page), we refer to as

Washed out library shelf in background with blue text reading "Superstar Strategies" in foreground.

Why? Because isn't it every learner's goal to be a 🌟Superstar Reader🌟? Well, even if it's not, it's our goal to make it their goal.

If you want to be the best, you learn from the best. These 🌟Superstar Strategies🌟 are exactly that: four strategies good readers use while reading. 

And we remind our 🌟Superstar Readers🌟 of that every time they read. 

How We Use Them:

  • At Whole Group shared reading time we model using the strategies.
  • During Small Group instruction we work together to practice the strategies.
  • When reading independently, learners use the strategies on their own.
We bet you've seen these strategies before. 

The 🌟Superstar Strategies🌟 are:

  1. Predicting
    • Before reading to set the scene and get excited!
    • During reading to keep them invested in the story and to help them alter initial predictions based on new information.
    • After reading to keep them wondering.
  2. Questioning
    • Before to recall what happened.
    • During to deepen engagement with the text
    • After to increase comprehension of the text.
  3. Clarifying
    • Before to answer questions that linger.
    • During to aid comprehension.
    • After to clear up confusion.
  4. Summarizing
    1. Before to recall what happened.
    2. During to aid comprehension of what is happening
    3. After to concisely relate the main events or ideas.
To help you help them, we're sharing our organizer in two versions. 

The Straight Forward Version

Think sheet with four quadrants. Clockwise from left corner: predict, question, summarize, clarify with clipart in bottom right corner of each box for visual cues
Get your Superstar Strategies.

Consider also just folding a piece of paper in fourths and having them label each corner with the different strategies. This enables them to use these strategies whenever and wherever. Talk about putting tools in the hands of learners!

The Specific Version

Four quadrants in clockwise from top left: predict, question, summarize, clarify with specific cues for each box.
Unleash your Superstar Readers.

If your 🌟Superstar Readers🌟 are ready for more rigor, use this organizer. You'll find:
  • Altered Predictions encourage them to change their initial prediction as they read.
  • QAR Question Cues remind them to vary the type and depth of questions (Reading Rockets explanation).
  • Clarification Number Expectation motivates them to reexamine the text to find something that they are uncertain about.
  • Two Buck Summary provides a framework for concise word selection (each word is worth 10 cents, so they can only use 20 words).

Before You Go, We'd Love to Know:

  1. Which version would most help your 🌟Superstar Readers🌟.
  2. What reading strategies you encourage in your 🌟Superstar Readers🌟.
We sincerely hope these tools help you and your 🌟Superstar Readers🌟! 

In it with you,
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