Reciprocal Teaching

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Literacy Please
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1st - 3rd
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105 pages
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I found this resource helpful in starting my literature groups. I will continue to use this year after year.
I used this with my top readers as they transitioned into comprehension in chapter books and harder nonfiction text.


Reciprocal Teaching for Beginning Readers includes the resources you will need to implement picture walks, prediction making, setting the purpose, clarifying/monitoring, asking questions, visualizing, and retelling/summarizing.

If you have been wanting to try Reciprocal Teaching in your classroom, but don't know where to begin, this is for you!

Reciprocal teaching is the use of reading strategies to increase comprehension of text while working in small groups. You will find lesson plans and resources for each of the 7 strategies along with information for starting reciprocal teaching in your class.

Keep in mind that young readers need modeling and guided practice. They need explicit instruction in each strategy, which you will find in this product. Your students will learn the strategies of reciprocal teaching before beginning work in small groups. If having students work in small groups scares you, this product can also be used with the whole class or guided reading groups.

Each strategy begins with an introduction and step-by-step lesson plans to begin teaching. You will also find colorful anchor charts, sentence frames, and printables.

Included in this pack are Reciprocal Teaching Pals, which can be used during read alouds to continue practicing the strategies before having students work in small groups. Mini Reciprocal Teaching Pals also allow students to practice the strategies while they read independently. Finally, table tents are included for students to use once they begin small group reciprocal teaching.

Explicit lessons give you the guidance you need to begin reciprocal teaching in your classroom. Included are ideas for getting started and timelines. You will also find a section called Use it Before You Lose It, which reminds you to continue practicing each strategy even as you progress.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


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