Reciprocal Reading in Practice

Reciprocal Reading in Practice

Reciprocal reading is an interactive, structured reading technique. It helps children develop reading comprehension skills by providing strategies they can use to make meaning from text.

The Education Endowment Foundation’s research shows that reciprocal reading is an effective technique.

Reciprocal reading uses four strategies:

  • prediction;
  • clarification;
  • questioning; and
  • summarising.

These videos summarise how two schools, Donaghadee Primary School and St Teresa’s Primary School, Belfast, carry out reciprocal reading. The other nine videos in this resource provide more detail about classroom practice.

Using the videos

Teachers or literacy co-ordinators can use these videos to introduce reciprocal reading in their school. Each school takes a slightly different approach. Donaghadee Primary School introduces the strategy from Primary 1 upwards. St Teresa’s Primary School uses the strategy in Key Stage 2 only.

You can show extracts of these videos to your class to demonstrate what they will be doing.

Related Stages

Areas of Learning

Language and Literacy

Skills and Capabilities

Cross-Curricular Skills
Communication