Friday, July 27, 2012

R2L: Difficulties in remembering what was read

My students can’t seem to remember what they’ve read. How can I help them?
 Sometimes our students who struggle the post are not able to recall facts about what they are reading. Here is a fun extension you can use in a small group to help students with short term memory issues or difficulties in recalling what they have read.

Objectives: 1). Students will be able to remember more of the details from the non-fiction texts they read. 

Materials: Each student given a passage to read that is 1-2 paragraphs. With time, you can increase in the complexity and length of the passages.

1) Chorally read the passage together.
2) Read sentence 1 out loud again. You can either call on a student or read it out loud yourself.
3) MODEL: Model covering up the sentence and then remembering one detail from the sentence. As you state the detail out loud, count on your fingers. (Showing the number 1) Encourage your students to mirror your motions.
4) WE DO: With a partner, have the students reread the sentence again, cover it up, and tell their partner one detail.
    a) Read, Cover, Count
5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the next sentence.
6) After you complete steps 3 and 4 with the whole paragraph, MODEL covering up the paragraph and retelling as many details as you can remember. Have the students count on their hands as you tell the details.
7) YOU DO: Partners reread the paragraph and then count details out loud, trying to remember between 5-8 details per paragraph.
8) Repeat this process with the next paragraph. 

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