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ERIC Number: EJ860807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Reciprocal Teaching for the Primary Grades: "We Can Do It, Too!"
Pilonieta, Paola; Medina, Adriana L.
Reading Teacher, v63 n2 p120-129 Oct 2009
Despite over 25 years of research supporting the instruction of comprehension strategies, it seems that such instruction is not readily found in many classrooms or basal readers, resulting in students that struggle with analyzing and comprehending text. This is particularly true in the primary grades. Originally designed with seventh grade students, Reciprocal Teaching (Palincsar & Brown, 1984) is a research-based strategy that teaches students to work in small groups to coordinate the use of four comprehension strategies: prediction, clarification, summarization, and student-generated questions. This article illustrates how to implement Reciprocal Teaching for the Primary Grades (RTPG). Modifications include: additional strategies, cue cards with pictures and scripts, group work interspersed with whole class follow-up, and an independent written component for individual student accountability. The goal of this article is to present primary grade teachers with a method to provide their students with comprehension strategy instruction that is research-based, explicit, and age-appropriate. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A