Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday 3 Types of Readers

It is time for another throw back Thursday.  Link up with Cara for more past blogging gems. 
After my week at the Teacher's College, my brain is full of reader's workshop ideas.  However, before the real reading work can begin students have to practice and know what they are expected to do.  So I am re-sharing one of my favorite lessons for reading behaviors.

Originally posted on January 7, 2011

Today we did one of my favorite lessons....3 Kinds of Readers:  Engaged, Dutiful, or Pretend Reader lesson.  It is amazing how the reading environment changes after this lesson.  Why I waited until January to pull it out, I don't know!  I start out by showing kids pictures of people reading and attach the words dutiful, engaged, and pretend to the pictures as we look at them.  Then I choose three students and send them into the hall.  They decide which reader they want to be and return to class.  The rest of us watch and study them, to see who is who.  We repeat this process a few times....they don't get tired of it!  Then we start our first session of Reader's one (seriously, not one student) is off task.   We made a chart about what each of the readers does during read to self.
 Then we made our own chart (sorry for the glare) 
Engaged reader is thinking, "I like this book.  It is cool."  The dutiful reader is thinking, "I don't like this book, but she told me to read it."  The pretender is thinking, "I like dogs."
And then we acted out what each of the readers would look like during read to self. 

Here are some pictures with class justifications for how the studied and labeled each reader.
Pretend-just flipping pages of book...not really reading
Dutiful-doing the right thing at the right time
Engaged-got a smile on her face, she is "with" the book
Engaged-ignoring the distracted person next to her, finger is following words
Pretend-daydreaming...staring off into space....seems to be on title page
Dutiful-kept reading, but would turn to check out what neighbor was doing
Pretend-not sure what he is doing with book
Dutiful-reading, but kept moving around
Engaged-was laughing out loud at something from the story

Happy Thursday,


  1. Love this idea. Pinning it!


  2. Wow! I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I plan on adding this in to my mini lesson rotation at the beginning of the year!

  3. I love this! I'm going to use this...Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love talking with kids about fake reading. They think it's so funny that everyone fake reads sometimes. It makes it easier to help them do more productive reading and get the right kind of practice in.

    First in Maine

  5. I remember this lesson. You're full of great ones!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  7. I think I pinned this last time! This year I definitely want to try out the lesson and get it to stick with my kiddos!

    Thanks for the reminder!

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