Reciprocal Teaching

Reciprocal Teaching in Content Areas

  • An evidence based practice that supports student comprehension of challenging texts and content.

  • Proven practice K-12

  • Scaffolded Instruction

  • Discussion Based

Online Lessons and Resources

Updated Webinar with Lori Oczkus!

Whether you are new to Reciprocal Teaching or just looking for a refresher of some of the key ideas and tips for implementing Reciprocal Teaching, this ASCD-sponsored webinar Reciprocal Teaching: New Insights with Lori Oczkus is worth the watch. The hour-long webinar was recorded August 14, 2018, and includes a certificate that can be submitted for a CEU that meets the Reading Preparation requirement.

Reciprocal Teaching Resources

Linked here is a folder containing Reciprocal Teaching resources from various district PD sessions.

Interactive Fab Four Menu

The Interactive Fab Four Menu includes tips for the four strategies and links to video examples of activities to support them.

Reciprocal Teaching Videos

Following are three short videos with Lori Oczkus on Reciprocal Teaching:

Reciprocal Teaching at Work PD Study Guide

Linked here is the PD Study Guide to accompany our book study of Reciprocal Teaching at Work.

Resources from PD with Lori Oczkus, January 2018

Online Poetry Resources:

Poetry Foundation



Protocols for Poetry: (also available in Reciprocal Teaching Resources)

Close Reading with Poetry - Lori Oczkus

Poem a Week with Fab Four - Lori Oczkus

Online Text Resources:

Newsela - Fiction and non-fiction articles available at multiple lexile levels for grades 2-12. Includes articles from a variety of content areas with many texts available in Spanish.

ReadWorks - Nonfiction and literary articles to support reading comprehension for grades K-12, including sets of Paired Texts (fiction and non-fiction) to help build vocabulary and background in close reading.

Video Links:

Videos from Lori Oczkus on Vimeo

Demo Lessons at FLE with Lori Oczkus (available to FLAS staff only)

Key Ideas in Reciprocal Teaching

  • Reciprocal teaching is about interactive discussion.

    • Students should be doing more interacting and discussing than writing...use written templates only as a tool to aid in their discussions.

  • The four strategies should be used together.

    • Good readers use the four strategies fluidly as they read. While you may introduce or reinforce the four strategies individually, move quickly to incorporate all four strategies.

  • Reciprocal teaching is not just for the Literacy block.

    • Use reciprocal teaching in other content areas that require reading, including social studies, science, health, etc.

  • Reciprocal teaching is more than once a week.

    • Reciprocal teaching is most effective if students participate in the strategies 2-3 times per week.

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