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Radio Reading

Radio Reading is a "read aloud" strategy designed for maximum interaction between the reader and the audience. The reader "reads aloud" a selection and then initiates a discussion by asking specific questions of the audience. Responses and dialogue should be fast-paced.

This strategy improves reading comprehension at two levels. The reader must immerse himself in the text to develop the discussion questions. The audience, in turn, reinforces learning by responding to the reader's questions.

Steps in Radio Reading:

  1. Divide a class into small groups. Assign each group a short reading. Have the group read the entire selection quietly.

  2. Assign a specific paragraph (or paragraphs) to each group member. Have them prepare discussion questions on this specific section.

  3. Have each student read their assigned section aloud and present their discussion questions to other members of the group.

  4. Ask group members to respond quickly. Once a question is thoroughly answered, move on to the next question.

  5. Repeat the process until all the team members have the opportunity to lead the discussion.

Learn More:

  • Tierney, Robert J. & Readence, John E. (2000). Reading Strategies and Practices: A Compendium. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

  • Reading Fluency