Directed Reading and Thinking Activity (DRTA)2
This procedure focuses on reading as a thinking process. Its intent is to teach children to make predictions throughout reading. Before reading, the parent-teacher asks the child to form a purpose for reading and to make predictions about the content of the story to be read.
During reading, the parent-teacher stops the student at strategic points in the story to ask him to make additional predictions and to verify, reject, or modify their purposes and predictions.
After reading, the parent-teacher asks the student to find and read aloud any part of the text that supports his predictions. Students must use the text to explain their reasoning and to prove the accuracy-or inaccuracy-of their predictions.
Often teachers have students use charts such as the following to record their predictions and information from the text that proves the prediction’s accuracy: