Cooperative Learning Roles
(with dialogue examples in italics)
Leader: Leads the group in the implementation of collaborative strategic reading (CSR)
by saying what to read next and what strategy to apply next. Asks the teacher for
assistance if necessary.
We know that today’s topic is _________. Let’s brainstorm and write
everything we already know about the topic in the "K" column of our KWL
graphic organizer. Who would like to share their ideas? Now let’s predict what
we might learn by looking at the title, pictures, and headings from the reading.
Write your ideas in the "W" column of our KWL graphic organizer. Who would
like to share their ideas?
Clunk Expert: Uses the fix-up strategies on the Clunk Pattern Poster to remind the
group of the steps to follow when trying to figure out a difficult word, concept, or idea.
Did everyone understand what we read? If you did not, write your clunks on
your Clunks and Clues graphic organizer. If someone has a clunk, go to
Strategy 1 and reread the sentence. Look for clues to help you figure out the
unknown word. Try Strategy 4 and break the word apart, looking for a word
you might know.
Gist Expert: Guides the group toward the identification of a main idea and ensures that
the main idea contains the most important ideas without unnecessary details.
What sentence gave us the most important information in that paragraph?
Let’s think about some questions to check and see if we really understood
what we read. What was one question that was answered? How can we
rephrase the most important information in our own words, using as few
words as possible?
Announcer: Calls on different group members to read or share an idea. Makes sure
everyone participates and only one person talks at a time.
Who would like to share their best question? Who would like to read
something they wrote on their graphic organizer?
Encourager: Watches the group and gives feedback. Looks for behavior to praise.
Encourages all group members to particip