Using Listening Triads
Divide students into groups of three and give them a text to read. During or after reading the text, the members of each group discuss and build understanding of the meaning of the text by acting out three roles: those of questioner, explainer, and recorder.
The questioner asks questions about the text. For example:
The explainer uses the text to attempt to answer the questions. For example:
The recorder keeps the group on-task and records notes on the questions and their answers.
The students can rotate between roles periodically (for example, every three minutes during discussion), so that everyone gets a chance to take on the different cognitive tasks.
Development of Reading to Learn in Science was led by Jonathan Osborne (Stanford University) through a SERP collaboration. Support for Reading to Learn in Science was provided by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant number R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.
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