Research-Based Group Activities

Reciprocal TeachingA reading comprehension activity. Reciprocal Teaching requires students to become the teachers within small group reading sessions. Each student is given a role/strategy: summarizing, generating questions, clarifying, and predicting. After reading through a text, they discuss what they’ve read in small groups using these very roles to stay on task. Warning: This activity requires a lot of extra scaffolding before students can be expected to successfully and independently carry out these roles in small groups without assistance.

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PALSA reading comprehension activity. PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies) is a cooperative learning strategy in which two students work together to read an assigned text. Partners are strategically paired to ensure that they are on different skill levels, so that one higher level partner can “tutor” the lower level partner. The students take turn reading a particular text and provide each other with feedback as a way to monitor comprehension.

CSRA reading comprehension activity. CSR (Collaborative Strategic Reading) is another shared reading activity in which four or five students are grouped together according to skill level. Students are trained in four different reading strategies (Preview, Click and Clunk, Get the Gist, and Wrap Up). After reading the text and coming together as a group, each student is given a role to define their focus during group discussion (Leader, Clunk Expert, Gist Expert, Announcer, Encourager, and/or Time Keeper). Warning: Both teachers and students will need to undergo training before implementing this activity in the classroom.

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