Before Reading: Ask the child to tell you about the story so far. What has happened so far? What have you enjoyed most so far? Who is you favourite character? Why? Ask the child to predict what might happen next



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Before Reading:



  • Ask the child to tell you about the story so far.

    • What has happened so far?

    • What have you enjoyed most so far?

    • Who is you favourite character? Why?




  • Ask the child to predict what might happen next:

    • What do you think will happen? Why?

Paragraph Shrinking

The Paragraph Shrinking strategy allows children/parent to take turns reading, pausing and summarizing the main points of each paragraph. Using this tutoring strategy they can provide each other with feedback as a way to monitor reading and comprehension.



How to use paragraph shrinking

1 Choose a quiet comfortable place to begin

2 Choose or Continue the reading text.

Before reading:


  • Ask the child to tell you about the story so far.

    • What has happened so far?

    • What have you enjoyed most so far?

    • Who is you favourite character? Why?

    • Ask the child to predict what might happen next:

    • What do you think will happen? Why?

3 Model the procedure.

4 Parent /Child take turns being “Coach” and “Player/Reader”

5 After each paragraph the reader is asked to name the who or what of the paragraph, name the most important thing about the who or what and state the main idea in 10 words or less.

Paragraph Shrinking

1st Reader reads. Coach says:




  1. Name the who or what.

  2. Name the most important thing about the who or what.

  3. Say the main idea in 10 words or less.

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2nd Reader reads. Coach says:


  1. Name the who or what.

  2. Name the most important thing about the who or what.

  3. Say the main idea in 10 words or less.






How to give Paragraph Shrinking help

If the reader says the wrong answer:


Coach: “Check it!”
“Let me give you a hint…..”
“The answer is ……….”
If the reader says the main idea in more than 10 words:

Coach: “Shrink it!”

Skills:


  • Questioning

  • Assessing

  • Reading

  • Summarizing


After Reading:

Talk about the text the child has read.



  • Describe a character from the story.

  • What evidence do you have to support what you say ?

  • What category/genre would you put this story in ? Why? (Evidence)

  • Explain the main idea of the story.

  • What was your favourite part of the story? Why ?

  • Recommend what changes you would make to the story
  • A character change


  • A setting change

  • How might you change the plot

  • Change the ending

  • Compare the two main characters. How were they the same/different?

  • Can you predict what might happen next in the story?

  • Can you illustrate what type of a personality do you think ______ had?

  • Rate this story out of 10.

  • Justify you score.

  • Which of the characters in the story do you prefer ?

  • Can you think of 2 questions to ask one of the main characters in the story?

  • If you met the author of this story what questions would you ask her/him?





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