What to do
- Write the story on the board or print it and project it on an overhead projector.
- Let's read a story. Get ready. Wait until everyone is sitting ready.
- I'm not going to read this first. You're going to read each word as I point to it. Remember to sound out the word silently if you don't recognize it straight away. Ready?
- Point just beneath the first word. Pause for three seconds (less if all students are able to keep up). What's the word?
- Continue with the other words in the sentence, pointing beneath the word, pausing for three seconds, then asking: What's the word? Try to ensure you are bringing all students with you. If needed, give individual students a chance to start again from the beginning of each sentence.
- For irregular words say: The next word is a trick word. Point beneath the word and pause for three seconds. What's the word? If you are confident students can read irregular words, fade this prompt--just point beneath the word as you do for other words.
- Okay, now let's read the story again from the beginning. Go back through the story with slightly shorter pauses. Give individuals who are not following a chance to read a sentence on their own.
- Optionally, go through the story one more time, a little faster again and without asking What's the word?