Instructional Model

THE GRADUAL RELEASE MODEL OF TEACHING STUDENTS TO THINK.

How do we help students navigate a complex text?

With the support of the teacher, the iLit instructional model turns passive learning into active thinking. iLit requires students to process reading comprehension in a meaningful way. A “gradual release of responsibility” takes students through a series of well-planned steps designed to move them toward independence. iLit helps model the concept or skill, then it asks students to apply their learning through talking, writing, listening, and presenting. The cognitive load shifts from teacher to student, getting students to slow down, ask questions, and think through a complex piece. It’s what college and career prep is all about.

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MOVE STUDENTS TO INDEPENDENCE:
A LESSON WALKTHROUGH

Time to Read

Begin with self-selected silent reading to build stamina.

Vocabulary

Teach specific words they’ll encounter in the text and academic vocabulary across the curriculum.

Read Aloud, Think Aloud

Model thinking to build comprehension strategies. Seeing how a good reader thinks about the text helps them learn how.

Classroom Conversation

Engage students in productive talks about the text.

Whole Group

Use the text to teach language skills and strategies.

Work Time

Apply learning in independent practice or small groups.

Wrap Up

 

Reiterate the main teaching point and assign homework.