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Forward by John Hattie
In this fully revised and expanded third edition of the bestselling Reciprocal Teaching at Work, Lori D. Oczkus provides both tried-and-true and fresh solutions for teaching reading comprehension. Reciprocal teaching is a scaffolded discussion technique that builds on the Fab Four strategies that good readers use to understand text: predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing.
With a focus on these four evidence-based and classroom-tested strategies, Oczkus presents new ways to use reciprocal teaching to improve students' comprehension while actively engaging them in learning and encouraging independence. Appealing to students and teachers alike, reciprocal teaching encompasses social aspects of teaching and learning with modeling, think-alouds, and discussion.This helpful guide is packed with fresh material, including
With a wealth of ideas to get you started—and keep you going—this is the all-inclusive resource you need to help students become active, engaged, and independent readers who truly comprehend what they read.
(A joint publication of ASCD and International Literacy Association, 2018) 8 1/2" x 11", 365 pages
"Literacy coach and author Lori Oczkus knows how to take the best of what works from long-established research and showcase it to make teaching and learning more effective, engaging, and enjoyable. In her latest edition of Reciprocal Teaching at Work, she demonstrates how to scaffold instruction so that all K–12 students can benefit from reciprocal teaching techniques, what she calls the “Fab Four”—predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing—in whole-group, guided reading, and book club settings, for both fiction and informational texts. In clearly delineated lessons and minilessons, Lori deftly shares how to support students’ learning, including English language learners and students who struggle, so they can successfully apply and monitor those four discussion strategies—as well as troubleshoot problems—to yield significant progress in their reading comprehension. Filled with great practical ideas, this gem of a book is a must-have for all literacy educators!"—Regie Routmanauthor of Read, Write, Lead; Literacy Essentials, and Reading Essentials
"Reciprocal teaching works to push students into deeper learning. There are decades of research on the impact of this instructional approach, and this book shows you how to implement and refine the practice such that all students succeed."—Doug Fisherauthor of Checking for Understanding and Visible Learning for Literacy
"One of the great instructional research discoveries of the past three decades has been the efficacy of reciprocal teaching for improving student learning and reading comprehension. More than anyone, Lori Oczkus has explored practical ways for making reciprocal teaching an integral part of nearly any classroom setting. This current work by Lori represents the epitome of her work in translating reciprocal teaching research into practice. Readers will find this immensely readable book filled with strategies that can be easily implemented and that will improve student learning. If you are interested in improving your students’ reading achievement, you need to read this book!"—Timothy Rasinskiauthor of The Fluent Reader and Close Reading with Paired Texts
"In this new edition of Reciprocal Teaching at Work, Lori Oczkus offers new thinking while reinforcing the best practices that make her ideas timeless. Through these engaging lessons and smart instructional moves, you will empower your students to build the confidence and competence they need to become strong, independent readers."—Donalyn Millerauthor of The Book Whisperer
"On every page of this book, in every activity and plan, the voice of a gifted and empowering teacher inspires the reader. In a major revision of her classic work, Lori Oczkus engages the immediacy and demands of today's classrooms with the most robust constellation of strategies for teaching comprehension. She compellingly demonstrates how the "Fab Four" are engaged across the grades, and she powerfully scaffolds, supports, and reassures teachers in their efforts to incorporate reciprocal teaching across a broad communication, textual, and digital terrain."—Shane TempletonFoundation Professor Emeritus of Literacy StudiesUniversity of Nevada, Reno, NV
"Reciprocal Teaching at Work is a must-have resource for any teacher, literacy coach, staff developer, and administrator seeking to accelerate student learning, promote equity, and close the opportunity gap! The updated and expanded third edition is jam-packed with fresh new lessons, new research, new reproducibles, and an easy-to-use online study guide for facilitating professional development. Whether you are new to reciprocal teaching or a veteran, try Lori's teacher-friendly, classroom-tested ideas with students of all ages, including English language learners and intervention students, and watch reading achievement soar!"—Audrey FongCoordinator of Elementary Curriculum & InstructionCastro Valley Unified School District, Castro Valley, CA
"Lori’s first book introduced me to reciprocal teaching 15 years ago. I was excited with her second edition for all the new ideas and minilessons. I am still learning new information in this third edition. I love the 40 new minilessons, the current mentor text, the updated research, and so much more. Lori understands the challenges of teaching reading comprehension through her many hours in real classrooms. As a result, she keeps creating implement-ready tools that ALL teachers will want in their strategy toolbox."—Mary Jo BarkerElementary Reading Specialist, National Board Certified Teacher
"Reciprocal Teaching at Work is a must-have for every teacher in every content area! Lori Oczkus provides clear, simple guidelines to foster rich academic conversations between students. Reciprocal teaching has revolutionized my teaching, and this new edition is full of great updates and new visuals! There is no shortage of fun either, with the Fab Four characters making each piece of the strategy memorable. I look forward to reading this book with my colleagues in a Professional Learning Community to align our language and spark a deeper comprehension across subjects and grade levels!"—Melissa WheelerReading Specialist
Boosting your students' literacy requires addressing all the interconnected elements of emotion, cognition, and higher-order thinking. You can meet that challenge with the advice from two ASCD best-selling authors Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele and a classroom teacher Keely Potter.