Literacy in the NELC

This Week's Focus: Reciprocal Teaching

What is reciprocal reading?

Reciprocal reading is an instructional routine for scaffolding reading comprehension. It has been very successful as both an intervention for struggling readers as well as a general strategy to assist all students to apply a specific thinking protocol to construct meaning as they read.
Five studies of reciprocal teaching that fall within the scope of the Adolescent Literacy review protocol meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards, and one study meets WWC evidence standards with reservations. The six studies included 316 students from grades 4–12, ranging in age from 9 to 21. Based on these six studies, the WWC considers the extent of evidence for reciprocal teaching on adolescent learners to be medium to large for comprehension.
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NYC DOE Middle School Quality Initiative

MSQI serves as the city's implementation plan for putting the Carnegie Reading Next report recommendations into action. Over 90 middle grades schools across the city are now benefiting from MSQI's comprehensive literacy framework.

Carnegie Reading Next Report

Effective adolescent literacy interventions must address reading comprehension. A number of excellent approaches have been shown to be effective in middle and high school contexts, but no one approach is necessarily better than another; the ideal intervention will tap more than one comprehension instructional approach. Possible approaches include Reciprocal Teaching.