By Taffy E. Raphael and Kathryn H. Au
Focuses on comprehension monitoring: helping students understand how active readers use the QAR strategies, routines, and tools, to monitor their understanding and invoke relevant solutions in response to comprehenson problems in informational text. To find a version of this lesson for grades 4-5, or grades 6-8, simply copy and paste the lesson title (without the grades specified) into the Scholastic Teacher Express search box!
This lesson moves through the six steps of the gradual release of responsibility instructional model (Pearson, 1985):
1. explicit explanation
4. guided practice
5. independent application
6. self-assessment and goal setting
Monitoring, like questioning, is primarily Author & Me since readers are engaged in an ongoing process of inquiry about the text. Capable, active readers—when monitoring—are checking their success in accurately predicting, drawing inferences, asking questions, figuring out the important information, and creating accurate summaries. They respond to breakdowns in comprehension by using their own knowledge, guided and shaped by the information the author has provided!