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60-Second Strategy: Role Reading

By giving each student a job to do when tackling complex text, teachers help ensure that students actually understand what they are reading.

February 21, 2024

In Fatima Belouahi’s classroom in Copenhagen, Denmark, she uses a popular small group activity called role reading to help scaffold her ninth graders’ comprehension of challenging texts. Students are placed in groups of three, then assigned a task to do as they work through the material: One student reads aloud, another writes a summary, and a third comes up with a title for the paragraph. With this approach, students must demonstrate their understanding as they go, which helps bolster their grasp of the text—and the likelihood of getting lost goes down.


Public, Suburban
Grades K-9

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