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Assisted Reading Strategies
 

Purpose:  To provide support to students in reading through extension in time or giving a support person who is a fluent or equal reader.
 

Rationale:  Research shows reading is an interactive and social process.  With reading, a partner is beneficial for some students.
 

1).  READ ALOUD (story telling)

Purpose:  to enjoy a story with no responsibility of text.  Lends support to language structure and reading as a process.

Procedure:  Gather class as a group and read aloud.
 

2).  DEAR Time  (Drop Everything and Read)
Purpose:  Provides time for students to read a selection of their choice.

Procedure:
    a.  EVERYONE read, including teacher.
    b.  NO INTERRUPTIONS!
Weakness:  Need to find a time to pick a book before DEAR time.
 

3).  Shared Reading (big Books)
Purpose:  to make text big enough for all to see.

Procedure:
    a.  Gather around book (or overhead if can't get big book)
    b.  Talk about author, title page, publishers, copyright page.
    c.  Students join in reading story.
    d.  Discuss punctuation--etc.
Strengths:  Class is together learning about book(s).

Weaknessess:
    a.  behavior management
    b.  sight problems if no big book.
 

4.  Paired Reading
Purpose:  To help less fluent reader by having a better reader assist.

Procedure:
    *read together aloud at the same time
OR
    *switch off, 1 reader reads a passage, other picks up where other left off.

Strengths:  Socialization.
Weaknessess:  Better reader may take over.
 

5.  Buddy Reading
Purpose:  To help two equal readers attain more fluency.

Procedure:  Same as paired reading.
 
 

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