Using Think-Alouds to Improve Reading Comprehension

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Watch literacy scores rise as upper elementary and middle school students begin to improve their reading comprehension using these think-aloud strategies. Versatile for multiple grade levels and reading units, the activities focus both on fiction and nonfiction.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Make copies of think-aloud questions on different colored pieces of paper and hang on the walls of your literacy classroom
  • Have learners keep pages in their reading journals for reference
  • Bring to reading intervention sessions or collaborative reading groups
  • Project self assesssment and observation sheets for class members to answer in their writing journals 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson plan is most effective as a guide rather than a step-by-step manual
  • Requires Post-it® notes
  • Makes a distinction between good readers and poor readers, which may hurt some members of the class
  • Reading strategies apply to upper elementary and middle school pupils
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