Jottings: An Approach to Guiding Reading in the Elementary Classroom

Jennifer A. Knight, Hilary A. Justesen

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Comprehension is the overall goal of reading. One approach to help students increase their comprehension is to discuss a text in small-group settings. Yet, many students struggle to fully engage in meaningful discussions within these groups. Students' ability to retain and share what they read is one reason for this lack of discussion. Teaching students to use jottings during discussions will help increase their overall reading comprehension and engagement. This article provides teachers with ways to support students' jottings during reading to engage in meaningful discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-604
Number of pages4
JournalReading Teacher
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • 2-Childhood
  • 3-Early adolescence
  • Comprehension
  • Comprehension monitoring < Comprehension
  • Discussion strategies < Strategies, methods, and materials
  • Discussion < Oral language
  • Instructional strategies; methods and materials
  • Metacognition < Comprehension
  • Motivation/engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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