[MOSAIC] Reciprocal Teaching/thanks heather

Patricia Kimathi pkimathi at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 25 08:18:41 EDT 2007

I sent this message before I finished, so here it goes again. This is 
very close to the way I run my lit circles in second grade.  I added 
the artful artist/time tracker(settinng) after they learn the first 
four positions. But last year when I asked for help with my second 
graders you suggested using RT.  So while I continued with my lit 
circles, I also added in RT.  Well, yesterday I went to school and my 
gifted coordinator told me my test scores were high.  When I tested the 
children in Sept. last year.  I was really worried and turned to the 
group for help.  Even though first grade teacher's thought these 
students  were gifted  (based on oral participation and decoding 
skills) when I started I knew that comprehension was lacking.  I 
started off testing oral comprehension and the class average was very 
low.  Reading comprehension was even lower.

So I just want to say thank you. I really believe your suggestion of 
using RT and your directions helped these students to achieve higher 
reading scores. But what is more important it helped them to read with 

Pat K

"to be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night 
and day, to make you like everybody else -- means to fight the hardest 
battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."

e.e. cummings

On Nov 2, 2006, at 8:23 PM, Heather Wall wrote:

>  I'm conducting a RT group right now in my 3rd grade class, and it's 
> going fairly well.  Here's how I do it: I have 4 cards labeled in this 
> way (I"m going from memory and so slightly paraphrasing): 1st card = 
> Questions: Who? What? When? WHere? Why?; 2nd card = Clarify: Meaning 
> of a word or phrase; 3rd card = Summarize. What was the section 
> about?; 4th card = Predict. What do you thinhk will happen next?

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