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Reciprocal Questioning

This strategy improves students’ reading and understanding skills by leading the students through a process of questioning the text.


  • The leader should pre-read the text/topic that the students will be covering and identify areas that may prove difficult.
  • Once at the session, ask the students to read or review the assigned material.
  • Then ask questions to clarify areas you thought might be troublesome/go over the text and make sure everyone has a basic understanding.
  • Ask the students to try and predict the direction of the next lecture/paragraph/topic based on what they have learned from this article or lecture, encourage them to try and make predictions as they read.
  • Then double check the group’s understanding, ask them to explain their thought process and encourage them to continue do this to themselves as they read.
  • Finally work with the students to build a summary of the text/topic.

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