Effective Partner Reading is One Way to Differentiate.
- Partner one reads a section.
- Partner two paraphrases, summarizes or questions.
- Then, partners switch roles.
In guided reading, MOST of the time should be spent READING. If you partner read in the above manner, it will score a 5 or 6 (a HIGH score) on the Instructional Practice Inventory (IPI).
A Typical Guided Reading Lesson:
- Before: About 10 minutes (teach a mini-lesson)
- During: Actual READING … about 20 minutes … I did partner reading with a purpose about 80% of the year.
- After: About 10 minutes (closure on the mini-lesson taught in the before section)
If you simply have students take turns reading when partner reading, that's the same thing as round-robin reading. Be sure the listener has a job to do and that students take turns reading and completing the job.