What is the pause and pose reading strategy?
Guided reading sessions provide a wonderful opportunity for pupils to share key texts and develop their comprehension skills. Here is one idea to help bring the characters to life and get your students really thinking about the events in the stories you share.
Pause & Pose Guided Reading
- When sharing a text together, find key moments in the text to ‘pause’.
- Model posing three types of question about this key event: one for the author, one for a main character and one for reader, e.g. “J.K. Rowling, how important was Dudley’s character in this chapter?”, “Uncle Vernon, Why did you not want Harry to receive a letter?”, “How would you feel if you received a letter to Hogwarts?”
- Ask your pupils to come up with their own three questions about this key event or moment in the text, sharing them with their partner.
- Discuss and debate the questions as a class, ordering a few questions from most intriguing to least intriguing by using a class vote.
- Get pupils to jot their questions onto strips of paper and place them into a box, and then draw a question out each day, asking pupils to respond to the question justifying responses with evidence from the text.
Why is it a good strategy?
It allows pupils to ask a range of questions and challenges them to pose and answer questions from different perspectives. If pupils can ask a broad range of questions themselves, this could lead them to considering a range of answers too.
Make the most of the pupils’ questions by displaying them on a working wall or even setting some questions as homework challenges.