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Good-Bye Round Robin by Michael F. Opitz
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Mar 11, 08

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This book was published in 1998 and quotes research that is now considered outdated, but the strategies and suggestions provided are still incredibly relevant. Opitz and Rasinski compile multiple oral reading strategies into one hands-on, anti-Round Robin Reading resource.

The book starts by explaining why Round Robin Reading is such an ineffective approach to reading instruction and ends with a chapter of frequently asked questions about oral reading—most of which deal with debunking teachers’ justifications for Round Robin Reading.

For each alternate strategy discussed, the authors provide a rationale for its use, related research, a description of how to implement the strategy, a teacher anecdote, and ideas for extension. There is also a chapter that outlines how to use oral reading to assess reading and inform instruction.

The strategies included in the book:
Think aloud
Induced imagery
Directed Listening Thinking Activity
Look for the Signals
Say it like a character
Rapid retrieval of information
Read to discover
Revised radio reading
Shared book experience
Choral reading
Mentor reading
Readers theater
Read around
Poetry Club
Read Aloud
Paired Reading
Recorded texts
Listen to children read
Fluency development lesson
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