Strategy

Partner Reading

Group Reading

UDL 2.3 UDL 5.3

Rather than reading independently, students can be divided into pairs or small groups and read the text aloud together or take turns reading aloud to each other. This is a cooperative learning activity that fosters pragmatic skills (e.g. taking turns), provides opportunities for students to model fluency for each other and allows the teacher to move around the room and informally assess fluency.

Implementation Tips

Highlighting
HIghlight the passage that a student is going to read to assist them in locating the information.
Alternative Participation
For students who are non-readers, when a group is reading a section of material to the rest of the class (e.g. the marine mammal lesson above), the student can present a picture of the mammal and be coached ahead of time to orally present a relevant fact (e.g. "Our marine mammal is an otter")
Comprehension Support
When reading in pairs or small groups the teacher can instruct students to pause after each paragraph or section to engage in a group discussion to reinforce comprehension.

Examples

Language Arts
Assign a short story to pairs of students to read together.
Social Studies
The teacher assigns groups of students to create a diary from the point of view of someone living in a specific historical period (e.g. a Union or Confederate soldier during the Civil War). Students are then paired to read their diary entries to each other.
Science
When reading an article on marine mammals, the teacher groups students into "expert groups". Each group is responsible for reading about a specific marine mammal and presenting the information to the class. Each group member takes responsibility for insuring that all group members know the material. Each group member presents 1-2 facts to the class about their group's mammal.

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