The easy ten-step, successful and field-tested team system, "The Reading Accountability System," by Melissa J. Donovan, assures that all students will read the assigned text necessary for generally understanding the material needed for class discussion, activities and objectives. The system’s generic questions, which are included, touch on CORES, but the main emphasis is on everyone reading. The Team Reading Accountability System (T.R.A.S.) supports team work, content, and at the same time gives “reading-challenged” students a boost with difficult reading.
Your students won’t have a minute wasting time in their teams while reading and answering questions. They don’t have to wait for you to come around to their team either, because they can just keep reading and answering the revolving ten questions over and over again.
What is Needed From You, the Teacher or Facilitator
1. “Team Reading Accountability System”.
2. Use easy system enough throughout semester that students become familiar and comfortable with it. (Of course, alternate with reading as a class, on own, at home, in groups with adult facilitator, etc.).
3. Demonstrate the ten easy rules in the system. Go over generic questions and answers provided--(all fourth-through-eighth-grade CORE-based).
4. Use text as part of your curriculum.
5. Walk around room as T.R.A.S. takes place—monitoring, listening to teams, praising, validating answers, supporting, etc.
What is Provided in “Team Reading Accountability System”
1. Easy teacher directions for implementation
2. Easy student guidelines to follow each time a team reads together
3. Four-page-poster with the 10 easy rules having to do with facing one another, books open to the exact-place-of-reader, team members taking turns reading out loud as others follow along, answering questions together, etc.
4. Ten generic fiction questions for use over and over again
5. Ten answer examples for #4-- Bridge to Terabithia used
6. Ten generic non-fiction questions for use over and over again
7. Ten answer examples for #6-- a social studies book used
8. Vocabulary page (if needed) for words which are used in generic questions
• character trait
• main idea
Implement the ten easy components (as simple as sitting upright “facing one another like King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table”) to increase your students’ comfort zones reading out loud and dissecting text for meaning. Hope you enjoy!
Until Next Time,