To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
-Edmund Burke

Reciprocal teaching is an instructional approach that supports students in develop four key comprehension skills, i.e. predicting, summarizing, clarifying, and questioning. The instructional approach can be used by students individually to monitor their own comprehension or with a peer as they partner read text. A small group of students can also use reciprocal teaching to engage in a discussion about what they are reading, where each students plays a role as one of the four comprehension strategies.

Reciprocal Teaching Presentation

Articles to Read to Learn More
Aboput Reciprocal Teaching

(Even though you might not have the video. Check out some of the resources at the end of this guide.)




Bookmarks to Use to
Prompt Students

Cards to Use with Small Student
Led Groups


Reproduce, cut, and place cards on a looseleaf ring. Provide one set for each group of students. The student who is leading the lesson at the time works through the prompt cards to help guide the discussion. These should be used in the early stages only. Once students are comfortable leading the lesson, the prompt cards are no longer needed.
Recording Sheets


Videos to Learn More
Video on Summaries and RT
Part Two of Video on RT
Video Explaining What RT Is
Video of RT in Kindergarten

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Need More Strategies to Support the comprhension strategies of predicting, summarizing, clarifying, and questioning.



(Simple strategy to have students slow down and think about what they are reading.)

(Giving struggling students the same prompts for a retell is important.)

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Get The Gist Resources