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Reciprocal reading: geography

Added 15 Feb 2022

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Reciprocal reading is a guided reading comprehension strategy, designed to develop the four skills that effective readers use and apply automatically in response to what they are reading. It works by:

  • Engaging every student in problem solving and discussion of the text
  • Following a framework to support active participation and scaffold learners
  • Encouraging students to transfer specific reading strategies to independent reading of new texts.

How does this work in geography?

In GCSE geography students are required to synthesise a large amount of source material. Reciprocal reading techniques can support students to interpret and evaluate information, and investigate key issues so that they can then communicate their findings and judgements.

These resources provide:

  • An outline that covers why reciprocal reading is a valuable strategy for geography, including advice on structuring the session and teacher modelling
  • Powerpoint model lesson to introduce students to the concept and roles
  • A set of reading role cards and discussion prompts
  • An example reading task text based on lithium mining in Cornwall (suitable for Key Stage 4).

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