Read-Talk-Write

Read-Talk-Write is a strategy to help students understand and remember what they’ve read, especially from non-fiction texts. I’ve seen it done where students are put into partners and each partner reads a different text about the same subject. Here is the process. Be VERY clear about the directions.

1. Students read for 2 minutes.

2. Partner 1 talks for 45 seconds (more or less) while partner 2 listens.

3. Read for another 1-2 minutes.

4. Partner 2 talks for 15 seconds (more or less) while partner 1 listens.

5. Close books. Students write in full sentences or keywords about what they remember, such as the who, what, when, where, how, why.

6. Students get 30 seconds to look back in the text to get additional information and details.

7. Write for a few more seconds to finish up notes.

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