Whether you’re using FOCUS Reading with individual students 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 student(s).
Read the details about the Reading Strategy to the student(s), 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 students 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. Read the instructions to the students. Emphasise what students should look for as they read the text. Have the students 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 students read the instructions and text for each lesson, and answer the questions for each. Discuss responses once finished so that students can see why each is correct or incorrect.
Have students 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 students and confirmation of progress for the teacher.
When students 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.