Cloze Technique

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5 thoughts on “Cloze Technique”

  1. Nice technique! I will try it. I’ve done retells where I ask students to talk with a partner and help each other remember the story, and then asked for volunteers to retell to the class after that partner practice. But few can/will do such a challenging, public retell. What you describe would be a lighter way to “quiz” the whole class’ comprehension level without pulling out a real, paper quiz.

  2. And then as they walk out of the classroom tell them that everybody gets a 10 or whatever (perfect quz grade) because they are so smart. Builds class unity. Brings in slower students. Builds morale. Tells them that you like them. Nothing motivates like success!*

    [credit: Susan Gross]

  3. I have done exercises that are similar, but have run into problems. This is great if you get the big choral response. But I find that I just get 3-4 kids shouting the right answer. If I demand a choral response, the others might eventually parrot the 3-4 but it obviously doesn’t show that they know it. Do you just go back and circle that information again?

    I find that my students get more lost on the details of the story than the key structures. If we say that in the 3 different locations, the girl loves a fish in one, a bear in the other, and a boy from the class in the 3rd, my kids forget which the girl loved in the 1st location, even though most of them get that she loved something. I suppose that is why the details should be memorable. But obviously I am doing something wrong.

    For my poorly behaving class I did a written version of this, with a word bank and all, and they struggled mightily to fill it in. I suppose that is just confirmation that they aren’t really paying attention (like I didn’t already know!)

    The other way I liked to do this was to tell the stories with wrong details filled in and have them correct me.

  4. I call it the “forgetful teacher” exercise. I start the retell and pause, as if I can’t remember what happened next. If I don’t immediately get a response, I ask, “Did he go to Chicago or to New York?” I ham it up, scratching my head, etc. And the kids fill in the right answer and feel very superior. As you say, it’s a good way to see how much they have acquired, but it’s also a good way to get in more reps.

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