When I was working on my master’s degree online I remember reading an entire article and thinking “What did I just read?”
I also do that when I’m reading my 7th graders’ Social Studies book!
I know my students zone out, exhaust themselves with decoding, or simply struggle with comprehension itself.
Not a new strategy, but new-to-me, I introduced a modified version of Say Something for my Resource Room.
Here is how my version goes:
Phase 1:To introduce this strategy, I chose an article in a Scholastic magazine.
“Use your right hand and cover the first part of the text. That is approximately how much I am going to read to you before I stop. This is a reasonable chunk of text. When I am done reading you will have to Say Something.
1) Ask a question.
2) State a fact.
3) Make a prediction.
If you cannot do any of those three things, I will have to read it again, until you can.”
With only ten students, this is doable and everyone gets to Say Something. I modeled this with several chunks of text. It only took one time of me rereading for all the students to be able to comment.
Phase 2: Have students read a small chunk with a partner and respond. Again, modeling may be necessary.
Phase 3: Have students read a small chunk silently and then, as a class, ask them to respond.
This strategy really forces the reader/listener to be engaged and think about what is being read. Knowing that they will have the opportunity to discuss and share after reading just a short selection keeps them interested as well.
I don’t use all the suggested prompts for my Resource Room, but I think I could introduce more response options over time. I just wanted to keep it simple as we started.
Did I explain this well enough?
Let’s try it!
Say Something in the comments!