Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship
Reading Apprenticeship: An Overview
The Reading Apprenticeship Framework helps students to develop the strategies, skills, and knowledge necessary to become better readers. Reading Apprenticeship makes the reading processes, strategies, strengths and struggles of students visible to their fellow apprentices and helps them to problem-solve obstacles as well as deepen their understanding of a variety of texts.
Within the Reading Apprenticeship classroom, the teacher facilitates the metacognitive conversation—a conversation that includes students not only making sense of texts, but also discussing how they are going about reading. The metacognitive conversation interlaces four dimensions into content reading and study:
Social: The social dimension invites students to work with one another in a safe, collaborative environment where students can surface problems, confusions and problem-solving perspectives.
Personal: The personal dimension draws on the reader-identity of each student by exploring goals, interests, purpose for reading and skill-use.
Cognitive: The cognitive dimension develops students’ inventory of comprehension and problem-solving strategies.
Knowledge-Building: The knowledge-building dimension develops and increases the knowledge that readers already have and use to understand texts. Genre, structure, vocabulary, word construction as well as the content of the text used is investigated within this dimension.