Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco is a great choice for any time of year. It’s about a wonderful school principal who gives guidance to a challenging little guy who is having a really difficult time. He helps him find new interests and forms a relationship with him to help him better handle his frustrations and anger AND sadly, deal with racism.
How the DRTA Method Works:
Following this introduction, I explain the DRTA process to students, and we begin DRTA. Students make initial predictions after looking at the title, cover, and first few pages. They record predictions on two or three of their prediction cards. These are placed in the left side of a predictions foldable.
Then, the students read the pages they previously previewed. As they read, they record the important details on post it notes in order to use this information at the first stopping point. Once students reach the first stopping point, they check the first group of predictions. They place correct predictions in the pocket on the right. Incorrect predictions are discarded, and unconfirmed predictions remain in the pocket on the left. The idea with DRTA is for students to realize that we make and confirm predictions throughout our reading process versus just as a pre-reading exercise.
This process continues throughout the book for each stopping point, and hopefully, with these tools, they will practice this process when reading on their own.
Post Reading Extension:
If you have a student that seems like a word caller or who struggles with remembering what they’ve read, DRTA is a great strategy to utilize in addressing these struggles. It’s greatest benefit is engagement. We really want kids engaged in their reading, and DRTA can also improve students’ story retellings.