Here's how it works:
1. Make sure you have a variety of levels on the same theme, as students should be reading at their independent or high instructional level (I wrote a donorschoose grant for books on the science topics we cover to add to my collection)
2. I am considering matching students monthly by reading level as "reading buddies"
3. Partners choose a text they want to read. I am going to have bins of books available specifically for this purpose
4. Students sit shoulder to shoulder and divide the pages. If there is text on both side of the page, one student is responsible for the left page and the other is responsible for the right side.
5. Read both pages together (silently if students are ready for that or orally)
6. Reread the page you are responsible for and come up with a question to as your partner
7. Optional - "performance read" - student reads aloud the page they are responsible for. This works on fluency, but if my students are not doing any silent reading I will skip this step
8. Partner 1 asks Partner 2 his/her question (see template). Partners discuss
9. Partner 2 asks Partner 1 his/her question. Partners discuss
10. Record their fndings/new learning
11. Repeat for next set of pages.
*If there is very limited amount of text on a page - have each partner do two pages or even more. Teachers need to model, model, model what to do with different text structures so there is enough text to have discussion, but not too much text that comprehension is lost. I am thinking about dividing the text by headings if appropriate. For the lower level texts (A-G) they may have to read the entire book, take turns reading the pages and both come up with questions about the same text, if that makes sense.
Here are some mini-lesson ideas for teaching PRC2
- How to divide the text
- Thick/Thin questions
- How to ask follow-up questions
- What to do when your partner doesn't know how to answer your question
- How to fill out the PRC2 recording sheet
You can get the book on Amazon for under $5 - well worth it!
Here is a form I re-created and modified from the book that I plan on using this year with 2nd graders. I hope the link works!
PRC2 recording sheet/ tips