Paired Reading – A Fun Reading Activities For Struggling Readers

February 11, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Library User Group,Sarah Denson

Kids struggling to read need a thorough one-on-one overview of phonics lessons, additional training on expanding a better understanding both in fiction and non-fiction contents, and drills to build up automaticity. The ability to recognize instantly the most typical words used a sentence, such as, the, was, are, etc. is known as automaticity. Although, reviewing important reading skills are necessary components to assisting these students expand their reading, supplementary reading activities also needs to be fun and motivating.


Paired Reading, is an activity teachers, parents, and even a classmate can do with a kid who is struggling to read. Spending time one-on-one with a more competent reader is not only effective, but can be an exciting and encouraging activity for struggling readers.


Listed below are six guides to follow when pair reading:


  1. Choose a Book – Materials should be at your kid’s level. A book or story they can read, but hasn’t mastered.


  1. Preview the Book or Tale – Sit with your children or student study any visual signs, such as illustrations or section headings.


  1. Set an objective for Reading – Encourage them to make predictions about what is likely to be read. An excellent prompt for this is first go through the pictures, and then ask them what they think the story is going to be about.


  1. Finger Point – Make certain the child follows along with his or her finger, pointing under each word as its being read out loud. Seeing words while hearing helps children develop their sight word vocabulary.


  1. Accurate Reading – Read out loud with accuracy and expression in your voice. Be sure you read slowly, so your child can easily see and hear each word simultaneously.


  1. Textbook Paired Reading – When teachers and parents read textbook passages with their kids, they should start by reading the evaluation questions found at the end of the chapter. As the content is read, try stopping periodically to go over to know whether what was read so far answered any of the end-of-the-chapter questions. Continue the process until the end of the written text.


Variations of paired reading include: The competent reader parent or guardian, teacher, or classmate and the struggling reader read an identical passage out loud, at the same time. The competent reader and struggling child take turns reading a book aloud.


Having words read out loud allows the struggling reader to concentrate on the meaning within the printed words. Generally, stories are most often used in pair reading lessons. However, textbook chapters and other information can be pair read, also.


Sarah Denson

Library User Group

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