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Alternatives to Round Robin Reading

How can teachers help ensure all students are engaged in small group or whole class literacy activities? Try these alternatives to "round robin" or "popcorn" reading activities!

Additional Ideas

These suggestions might work best in guided reading groups or for more independent readers:


  • Everybody Reads: The teacher assigns a section of text and gives a purpose for the reading. An example might be to read from one heading to the next and be prepared to share two facts about the topic.
  • Partner Read: Partner A reads a given section of text while Partner B follows along. Partner B summarizes the section. Partners switch roles for the next section of reading.