Reciprocal Reading Groups Lesson



In this lesson, students will learn how to become great readers by predicting, questioning, summarising and clarifying (otherwise know as Reciprocal Reading). This activity is done independently and if done correctly, can show the students all the processes of reading. Best taught as a whole class activity, students will learn the roles of the reader and then be able to manage their own reading group.

Australian Curriculum Links:

  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions(ACELY1709)
  • Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadings (ACELY1712)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media anddigital texts (ACELY1713)


Reciprocal reading involves an independent group of 5, each has a role. The roles are Leader- Gets everyone organised, Questioner- Thinks of questions as reading the text, Summariser- Retells what was just read, Clarifier- Clears up any confusion and Predictor- Who predicts what will occur in the future.

  1. Begin by showing students the Reciprocal Reading powerpoint reading through it together and then answering any queries which may be occurring.
  2. So that students gain a great understanding of how Reciprocal Reading works, pull 4 students up the front and model to the class how it works.
  1. Remind students that this only works if all group members perform their role correctly!
  2. Choose a suitable text which caters for your reciprocal group. (NB** this text can be anything which ties in to your literacy focus).
  3. Keep an eye on how the group is progressing


  1. Let students come up the front and share what their role was and what tasks they completed during the reciprocal time.


  • Anecdotal



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