Saturday, January 19, 2013
This week, I learned a new word study strategy from my Foundations of Reading class. It's called Predict-o-Gram. The idea is that when a handful of familiar and unfamiliar words are presented to students, they predict where they will appear in the book to be read. This helps students to think about the context. I made a little freebie to demonstrate this strategy Here (Does anybody know how to link to the document with the image??)
Steps for using this strategy:
1. Decide on 6 - 10 words from the book, which are important to the understanding of the text.
2. Show them to students, and use them in context. (You could have students turn-and-talk to use them in sentences with a partner).
3. Have students predict whether the words will be used to describe the characters, the setting, the problem or the solution, and place them on this recording sheet.
4. Adfter reading, confirm if predictions were correct.
This could either be used in a large-group mini-lesson, or in small-group guided reading.
Note: Some of this information was paraphrased from Figure 8.11 on P. 262 of Nettles (2006) Comprehensive Literacy Instruction. Enjoy!