(From Contra Costa
Countys Project Second Chance)
A tutor reported
a conversation she had had with her student. It went something like
this: "I asked Bob to read the paragraph and he read it out loud
just fine. Then I asked him to explain it to me. He was a little annoyed
because in his mind I had switched the task kind of like bait
and switch at a used car lot. You asked me to read it,
he said, not to understand it! For him the two activities
were quite separate."
If your student
has trouble understanding and remembering what he has read, teach him
to ask (and answer) questions while he reads.
Try this activity.
List the six basic questions:
After you read a
paragraph or two, take turns rolling a die, and see if you can ask whatever
type of question came up. If the tutor rolls a "1," he or
she asks the student a "who" question. If the learner rolls
a "5," he or she asks the tutor a "why" question.
If you cant
ask a "who" question maybe there are no people in the
story at all just roll the die again. The idea isnt to
be rigid about which questions will be asked. The idea is to have a
fun way to pay attention to, make sense of, and interact with, the text.
As you play, looking
back in the text to find answers is fine. Good readers do that all the
time to find information. You can model the process for your learner.