Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA). Presented By Bradley Schmitt. Description of DRTA. Developed by Russell Stauffer in 1969.
1.) Choose a text (can be fiction or expository.)
2.) Activate the students prior knowledge.
- brainstorm and write down a list of ideas about the topic.
3.) Have students make predictions about what might happen in the text.
- Use all available clues within the text and have the students explain how they came up with their predictions. (Do not accept “I don’t know” answers.)
4.) Students will read a section of the text.
5.) Students should then confirm or revise their old predictions and make new predictions before reading more.
6.) Continue steps 4 and 5 until the students are done reading.
1.) A elementary example of a DRTA graphic organizer on animals in the ocean:
2.) Secondary examples of a DRTA graphic organizer on climate and vegetation: