Wednesday, Jan 10 and Jan 17 at 8:00 pm EST

Vivett Dukes
Meet Vivett

Helping students “chunk” texts to synthesize information, paraphrase ideas, and better organize their thinking.

Grades: 5-12

1 spots available


Vivett is currently the English Department Chair at Eagle Academy for Young Men in Queens, New York. She has over 6 years teaching experience in the classroom. Vivett has served as a lab facilitator for the Learning Partners Program run by the New... Full Bio

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"I teach students to take a large piece of text and chunk it--to break it up into smaller pieces and to summarize as they go. They gain confidence when they legitimately understand what the author is saying."

Chunking as they read enables students to get a small, immediate understanding of the author’s meaning. From this foundation, they are better able to extrapolate more of what the author is saying.

To teach “chunking” in my classroom, I first present any challenging vocabulary words in the text. Then I give a mini-lesson focused on the first two-to-three paragraphs.  As a class we then together discuss the meaning of what we’ve read. Next, I ask the students to cite some textual evidence that directly explains and supports the meanings we just discussed. We go through this process together, two or three times as a whole class. Then, I organize the students into smaller groups–twos, or threes, or independent learners–and ask them to continue to do the same thing. Each group takes a different page and works on the meaning they gather from that particular page. Finally, we come back together as a class and each group presents their results so that everyone ends up teaching each other.

This practice translates into better decision-making across all areas of the students’ lives; it’s not just for a piece of text in English class. I think this process helps them make sense of the world and where they fit into it.

As part of this Workshop:

Explore Videos of Practice

Learn directly from Vivett by first viewing videos of that share his ideas and practice. Then get ready to take part in live online workshops and learn first-hand how to personalize this strategy for your classroom.

Get Support from a Working Group

Learn together with other teachers. Be part of an ongoing working group of engaged colleagues committed to inspiring their own students’ love of reading through engaging read-alouds. Make connections and share what you know.

Attend Live Video Workshops

Get the guidance you need. Take part in two live workshops Vivett will host exclusively for working group members. Learn first-hand all you need to begin sharing this strategy with your students.