Beat the Author

This strategy is called Beat the Author.’ In this strategy, the teacher will give students a section of the story to read. It will cut off at a certain point, and at that point, the teacher will give students several options of what text will come next—this will be in multiple-choice format and have different sections of writing with only one correct section. The students will have to read and analyze the author’s writing in the previous sections very closely in order to select the chunk of text that is actually written by the author.

I think this is a unique reading strategy; I also think it is an effective reading strategy. By asking the students to select the text that is written by the author, the teacher is asking them to carefully analyze the author’s writing, sentence structure, fluency, and use of figurative language. This strategy can be set up like a game which will encourage students to be competitive. They will be reading carefully, but hopefully having fun while doing so.

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