Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: DR-TA Strategy

Making predictions is an excellent reading strategy. Work on building this into your pupils' toolkit of strategies by trying out the process outlined here for reading the very beginning of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The teacher and class begin reading the play, stopping at strategic points to consider three leading questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider creating a graphic organizer on which pupils can note down ideas during this strategy; the stopping points can be quoted in one column, and the three main questions can be the titles of three additional columns
Classroom Considerations

  • You may wish to provide a bit of background on the play before beginning, focusing on its relationship with Hamlet
Pros

  • The resource details specific lines to stop at and discuss; questions and prompts for these pauses are also included
  • The plan scaffolds the exercise by starting the strategy as a whole class and then asking learners to continue individually
Cons

  • None
Common Core