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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of September 24th

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:47 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 5:47 PM ]

Helping Beginning Readers to Cross-Check

Beginning readers need to learn to check one kind of information with another; this is called cross-checking. Students might check meaning with visual information. They also may check that the words they say match the number of words they point to. Cross-checking leads to self-correction or, at the very least, helps students to stop and notice when something isn’t right. This step is an important part of developing a strong processing system. As teachers, we need to set up opportunities for students to cross-check and then teach, prompt, and reinforce it.
To learn more and watch a video of literacy expert Jan Richardson showing cross-checking in action, check out my full blog post
Written by: Michele Dufresne, author Pioneer Valley Educational Press