Student interactions provide insight into their understandings of the text (Maloch & Beutel, 2009; Pantaleo, 2007; Wiseman, 2011).
Students are able to rehearse new ideas and strategies (Maloch &Beutel, 2009; Pantaleo, 2007).
Together the group co-constructs the meaning of the text (Maloch &Beutel, 2009; Pantaleo, 2007).
Implications and Conclusions
Text and environment matter!
create a safe and supportive environment
Repeated readings allow for deeper understanding
pause for thinking and comments
Include vocabulary instruction to boost comprehension
Take the talk beyond the facts
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