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Teacher-Tested Strategies: Detail
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Des Moines
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Name of Strategy
Before Reading: General Pre-Reading
Description
While we were working on reading daily readings (e.g., the newspaper, bills, catalogs, maps), I would read a paragraph to my students and then stop to question them. I would ask them questions about what they saw in their minds, what the paragraph said to them, key words, etc. I did this to make sure that the kids knew what they were hearing and reading; this also would check for understanding as we went. Many of the students that I work with are far below grade level and do not understand what they read a lot of the time. I have found that questioning and explaining as we read helps them to better understand and to follow along.
Rank Strategy
Very Useful and Effective
Reflection
When I would stop as reading needed to be explained, the kids would know that they would have a question or comment that was related directly to the reading passage. Sometimes this would be a brief activity, comment, or whatever was appropriate for the situation. The kids followed along and tried to listen/read so they knew what to expect next.
Subjects
The educator applied this strategy to the following subject areas:
English
Math
Social Science
Grade Level
The educator applied this strategy to the following grade levels:
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Rank Readers
Majority Below Grade Level