When To Use This Strategy
Appropriate Group Size
Why use listen-read-discuss?
- It helps students comprehend material presented orally.
- It builds students’ prior knowledge before they read a text.
- It engages struggling readers in classroom discussions.
- This simple, flexible strategy can be used across all curriculum areas with almost any text.
How to use listen-read-discuss
- Listen: Present information to students about the book they will be reading. This can be in the form of a short lecture on the topic, using a graphic organizer to guide the lecture.
- Read: Ask students to read a text selection. The content should be similar to the material presented during the “listen” portion of the lesson.
- Discuss: Lead a classroom discussion of the material. Encourage students to reflect on any differences between their reading of the content and your presentation.
For second language learners, students of varying reading skill, and younger learners
- Include a graphic organizer of the information you discuss.
- Choose specific text you feel your students lack prior knowledge about and need more support with as your LRD text.
See the research that supports this strategy
Manzo, Anthony V., & Casale, Ula P. (1985). Listen-Read-Discuss: A content reading heuristic. Journal of Reading, 28, 372-734.