Dialogic Reading

In previous posts about higher order thinking have highlighted the power of using questions to develop the comprehension, knowledge of vocabulary, and reading processing skills of learners.

Dialogic Reading is an approach to guided reading which uses prompts and questions to enhance crucial reading skills – reading with, instead of to learners; an approach many of us may use subconsciously.

Watch the video below to see Dialogic Reading in action.

An approach which can be developed initially with learners in the Early Years and differentiated for more able older readers – the facilitator’s role is to use the PEER and CROWD structure. DR2

CLICK HERE for a detailed definition of PEER and CROWD.

You may wish to use the Bloom’s Taxonomy Resources to support the creation of WH-Prompts.

Watch the video below to give you an idea of how you may wish to set up your text for Dialogic Reading.


Dialogic Reading is something you may also want to share with parents and carers – an excellent way of involving them in their child’s learning. Help is at hand! The Educational Psychology team are launching their Parent Reading Resource across the Authority at the beginning of the session. They are hosting CPD events in October and November to train Teachers and Pupil Support Assistants in how to deliver the reading support pack to parents and their children. Check it out by typing ‘literacy’ into the search bar on the CPD Calendar.

The following dates have been confirmed, with one other event to be added to the calendar in the Lochaber area.

Monday 6th October 2014 – Dingwall Education Centre, Dingwall – 9.30am-3.30pm
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Brora Community Centre, Brora – 9.30am-3.30pm
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Miller Academy, Thurso – 9.30am – 3.30pm
Friday 21st November 2014 – Culloden Free Church, Inverness – 9.30am-3.30pm
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Culloden Free Church, Inverness – 9.30am-3.30pm

Enjoy your first day back at school today!

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