Reciprocal Teaching:
Eddie Miranda Looks at New York

Subject Area

Language Arts - 3rd Grade

FCAT Connection


The following materials are needed for this lesson:


  1. Ask the students to take out a sheet of paper and write three things that they think that "good" readers do.
  2. Ask students to tell one thing that they have written on their papers.
  3. Tell the students that most of what they have said can be categorized into one of the strategies that are used in Reciprocal Teaching:

    Predicting, Clarifying, Questioning, Summarizing, and Visualizing.

  4. Pass out the Reciprocal Teaching bookmarks.
  5. Define each of the five parts. Explain that they may come in any order but will be done in order for this lesson.
  6. Pass out highlighters. Students will use them to highlight parts that need clarification or parts that may be good "teacher-like" questions.
  7. Write the title "Eddie Miranda Looks at New York" on the board. Give students one minute to write down anything that comes to mind. Then ask them to predict from the title what they think this story will be about. Write predictions on board/overhead.
  8. Distribute copies of the story "Eddie Miranda Looks at New York."
  9. Remind students that they are to highlight any word or idea that they do not understand or any part that will be a good teacher-like question.
  10. Model Passage One and Passage Two using Reciprocal Teaching strategies.
  11. After completing Passage One and Passage Two, make sure students understand Reciprocal Teaching strategies.
  12. Distribute Student Scripts and Student Task Cards.
  13. Remind students to use their Reciprocal Teaching bookmarks as guides.
  14. Ask Teacher/Leader #1 to begin.
  15. After Teacher/Leader #5 has completed his/her part, distribute Reciprocal Teaching Group Worksheets.
  16. Instruct students to work in their groups to complete the Group Worksheets.
  17. After student groups have completed the Student Response Sheet, elicit, and discuss group responses.
  18. Ask for volunteers from the groups to help summarize the entire story on the overhead or chalkboard.

    This story about ________________ begins with ________________, discusses how ________________, and ends with ________________.

  19. Distribute the reading comprehension quiz and instruct students to comple


Reading Comprehension Quiz
Group Worksheets