These Reciprocal Teaching packets can help teachers facilitate small group reading sessions and allow students to actively practice the four specific reading strategies designed to support comprehension (i.e., clarifying, questioning, predicting, summarizing). Just print this template and cut in half between each reading role for a total of 4 half sheets that can be stapled or bound together to create mini- reciprocal teaching packets that can be used for any read.
How does each strategy develop comprehension??
- CLARIFYING role: allows student to identify unfamiliar words and/or confusing parts and determine strategies that can be used to approach and address such confusing parts.
- QUESTIONING role: engages reader in monitoring and assessing his/her own understanding of the text by posing questions about the selection (on the surface questions include questions with answers that can be located directly in the text, often "who", "what", "when", "where"; and under the surface questions include questions with answers that require deeper thinking, often "why", "how", "could", "should".)
- PREDICTING role: involves students in actively using their own background knowledge and understanding of the text to predict or suggest what might happen next (or, in the case of informational text, what will be learned)
- SUMMARIZING role: requires the reader to identify and organize key ideas in the text up to the point of reading