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10/12/16 UPDATE - New task cards added for Connector and Quote-Smith. Extra Student Note Sheet to reflect these cards is also included in this update.
Reciprocal Reading (also known as Reciprocal Teaching) is a great participatory reading strategy. In this reading group activity, you assign students specific roles - Questioner, Clarifier, Summarizer, Predictor, Connector, and Quote-Smith. Each student is responsible to promote their literacy idea in the conversation.
This is a great way to promote fluency and comprehension through group work. It is particularly great for ELLs.
• The Task Cards are set up for you to print on both sides with the name of the role to appear on one side and the job descriptions on the other. I choose to laminate mine so that I can use them again and again. You can see my example below.
• Assign groups and roles for each member of the group.
• Students should use the accompanying worksheet to keep themselves accountable for each role of the group. Have them turn it in as a check on their understanding.
• Students should read in groups, with each member taking turns to read aloud. As they read, give them stopping points to have short discussions based on each role.