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Picture Story Telling
Instead of producing a written paragraph or essay describing material that has been read, the student produces a visual story that captures the same elements that a written piece would require (e.g. details, evidence, sequencing of events, etc). These are useful alternatives for students who are more comfortable in expressing
Guided Peer Discussions
Guided Peer Discussions are discussions between students where the teacher provides scaffolding and specific tools to facilitate the discussion. Guided Peer Discussions allow teachers to use strategies in a natural context to support student growth in communication, expression, and language discourse. Prior to Guided Peer Discussions, the teacher models specific
Guiding questions are questions provided to students, either in writing or spoken verbally, while they are working on a task. Asking guiding questions allows students to move to higher levels of thinking by providing more open-ended support that calls students' attention to key details without being prescriptive. Guiding questions might
As an alternative to written or verbal language, students are given the option of producing image-based class work, projects or tests. Common illustration examples include drawing a picture, creating a book, using PowerPoint and clip art/images, illustrating a comic strip, making a collage and illustrating a timeline.
A think aloud is an interactive process in which the teacher shares her internal cognitive thinking process aloud as a way to support and scaffold various reading comprehension strategies such as summarizing, retelling, asking questions and making connections (e.g. text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world). As the teacher is reading a text aloud,