Whether you’re using FOCUS Reading with individual child or larger groups, the introductory process is the same.
Every module contains a Preview that includes a Learn About and Lesson Preview section to introduce the strategy to the child.
Read the details about the Reading Strategy to the child, and model the strategy using the graphic organiser and the sample text passage. Use the Focal Point box to spur further questions or discussion. Make sure children understand the features of the strategy and how to apply it to text before you move on.
This models a full FOCUS Reading lesson, with example text and multiple-choice questions. Emphasise what students should look for as they read the text. Have the children then read the text themselves before guiding them in answering the two questions. Explain why each choice is correct or not correct. Before you move on, make sure each student is comfortable with how to answer the questions.
Have children read the instructions and text for each lesson, and answer the questions for each. Discuss responses once finished so that children can see why each is correct or incorrect.
Have children complete the Self-Assessments after they have completed each group of five lessons, and after all twenty lessons. These provide reinforcement of learning for the children and confirmation of progress for the teacher.
When children have completed each group of five lessons, and then all twenty, discussion – either individual or group – can help reinforce growth and assist in highlighting success in the Reading Strategy.