Teaching Reading: 3-Minute Pause & Think-Alouds


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Why do teachers use think-alouds and three-minute pauses?

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1. Which is true of a think-aloud?

2. When teachers do think-alouds, what do they always do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The three minute pause and think-aloud techniques are very helpful when learning to read. Use this combo quiz/worksheet to measure your understanding of these methods. The quiz will ask you to identify the reason(s) for the use of these techniques and the purpose of the three minute pause.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test students on the following:

  • Characteristic(s) of a think-aloud
  • Second step in a three minute pause
  • An act that teachers always do when performing think-alouds

Skills Practiced

The following skills are used with these assessments:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about reading techniques used by teachers
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding characteristics of the think-aloud and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding reasons for using these techniques
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the purpose and steps of the three minute pause

Additional Learning

To learn more about methods of teaching, read through the lesson, Teaching Reading: 3-Minute Pause & Think-Alouds, to explore as follows:

  • Follow a teacher through an example of a think-aloud
  • Learn the benefits of the three minute pause
  • Identify ways in which to vary the think-aloud technique
  • Walk through the three minute pause process