I have written before about my move away from guided reading and the introduction of our DERIC reading skills. These DERIC reading skills are embedded in all of our reading lessons – they appear on all of our lesson resources and both teachers and children refer to them constantly during the lesson.
DERIC stands for:
D: Decoding words
E: Explaining new vocabulary
R: Retrieving infomation
I: Interpreting infomation
C: Choice (thinking about the choices made by the author/director/artist)
A key element of this approach is our Read with ERIC starters. As part of these starters, the children are presented with a stimulus (this could be a short film clip, a picture or a poem) and have to answer questions about it. We have found these to be really useful for developing children’s awareness of our DERIC skills: they are practising their comprehension skills without having the barrier of decoding to content with.
These reading starters can be a 10 minute discussion at the beginning of the lesson or they can form a whole lesson involving written responses.
After my blog about whole class reading, lots of people asked if I had a bank of these ERIC starters that I would be happy to share. I have complied a collection of some starters that I have used. I plan to add to these over the coming months. I have also divided the starters into images, films and poetry.
Click on the links below to download yourselves a copy.
Hope they are useful.