Partner Reading Project- You can use this for primary or intermediate students. The first rubric was created for fifth graders and higher. The second rubric was created for younger students. It is also in powerpoint, so you can modify if you wish.
Partner reading is a great way to motivate students of all reading levels. There are several ways to run partner reading in your classroom:
*Pair a stronger reader with a weaker reader and use the time almost as tutoring sessions.
*Allow students to pick their partners and read the same book, working on discussion questions or projects based on the plot line.
*Pair students randomly and as them to use the time to practice leading a book discussion using lower level picture books.
*Pair students and ask them to discuss the book by writing to each other in a partner journal. They could use the same notebook, or exchange notebooks they have written in.
If you choose to have students read out loud when they are partner reading, there are several options for them to choose from. You may even want to create a poster with these options so students can choose different ones each time.
Whisper Reading - Each student in the group whispers the passages independently as the teacher moves to listen to and monitor each child.
Choral Reading - Read together, side by side, the book placed between the partners.
Echo Reading - One partner reads a line. The other partner repeats the line.
Expressive Reading - One partner reads a chunk. The other reads the chunk with expression.
Part Reading - One partner reads the characters' parts in voices. The other partner reads the narrator's parts.
Taking Turns - One partner reads a sentence, paragraph or page. The other reads the next sentence, paragraph or page.
Rehearsal Reading - The teacher assigns an individual page or part to each child. Each child in the group (of 4-6) takes time to practice that reading independently - suggested 3 times - while teacher works with other children. The student must try using known strategies first and then ask the teacher. The idea is to come back to group and read the part fluently - even names. When each person reads his/her part, the whole story or article is read aloud expressively and each reader feels successful.
Silent Reading - Partners read silently, sitting near one another so that they can ask each other for help when they need it.
To motivate students with partner reading, have a section of your classroom library feature 'double book' sets, or two copies of the same book. Create folders that contain activities and discussion questions for each set of double books so students have a starting point with their partner discussion.
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