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ERIC Number: ED480245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 219
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87207-514-1
Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension.
Oczkus, Lori D.
Reciprocal teaching is a scaffolded technique based on teacher modeling, student participation, and four strategies that good readers use to comprehend text: predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing. Although reciprocal teaching originally was designed for use with struggling readers, this book offers innovative lessons aimed at improving the reading comprehension of all students. Chapter 1 describes each reciprocal teaching strategy in detail and suggests ways that teachers can overcome difficulties that they may encounter when using this teaching technique and common problems that students have with using the strategies. Chapters 2-4 explain how to use reciprocal teaching in whole-class sessions, guided reading groups, and literature circles, respectively. Each of these chapters offers scaffolded lessons, minilessons, and reproducible forms for classroom teachers to use with students, and reflection questions for staff development. The appendixes provide a list of what teachers should observe when students work with the reciprocal teaching strategies, a student self-assessment for strategy usage, and instructions for conducting informal assessment interviews with students. Lists 53 references and cites 11 children's literature selections. (NKA)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.