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Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 11: Paired-Assisted Reading
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
The Paired-Assisted Reading strategy provides a structured approach for partnering students to practice oral reading. Often called partner reading, two students are paired for the purpose of listening to each other as they practice reading aloud. The strategy is based on peer-mediated learning: The more fluent reader gives assistance to the less fluent reader when needed. Research has demonstrated that Paired-Assisted Reading is a powerful strategy for promoting oral reading while developing fluency (Samuels, 2006). Reading fluency in young children performing at varying levels improved as a result of peer-assisted learning in oral reading (Fuchs et al., 2001). Further, Nes (2003) reported that the Paired-Assisted Reading strategy used with upper elementary students led to a ...