Lori Oczkus interview: Lori shares Comprehension Strategies that ACCELERATE and DRAMATICALLY BOOST Reading Scores!: An interview conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito

As promised, this week  I share my interview with Lori Oczkus.  She tells the story of how she uses Reciprocal Teaching. Reciprocal Teaching is a way of teaching reading/reading comprehension. It has a very large research base supporting its use. Her many fun and practical ideas for implementing Reciprocal Teaching have made her a sought-after expert for professional development. Her methods are high impact/low prep. As she indicates below, she has reached well over 100,000 teachers so far.  Lately, she has worked with teachers in both Australia and Hawaii. Here is what Lori wrote as she tells us about what to expect in the interview:

Comprehension Strategies that ACCELERATE and DRAMATICALLY BOOST Reading Scores!

     Lori Oczkus will share powerful and proven strategies for closing the gap and helping all students to accelerate in their reading comprehension. Lori works in classrooms constantly (virtually and live) and she will outline ways her “project” schools across the U. S. and Australia are currently overcoming learning gaps. Over 100 thousand readers have embraced her bestselling book, Reciprocal Teaching at Work, now in its 3rd ed (ASCD & ILA, 2018) and endorsed by many literacy leaders in the field, including Tim Rasinski, Regie Routman, and Douglas Fisher. In the foreword, renowned professor, John Hattie, says, “ Oczkus shines in showing how to develop an adaptive expertise to teach the Fab Four…. There is a richness in this book of strategies for teaching the Fab Four..”

Join us and learn

-How to bring students up 1- 2 grade levels in their reading BEFORE the end of the school year using the research-based strategy reciprocal teaching (Palinscar & Brown, 1984) or “The Fab Four” (Oczkus, with fun, engaging, and effective lessons to use with ANY reading materials at any grade level).

Now it is time to have a look at the interview. Here are the topics we discussed. They are time stamped.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. (02:00)

2. How Lori got started with Reciprocal Teaching (3:28)

3. Explaining the “Fab 4”: Predicting/Questioning/Clarifying/Summarizing (6:30)

4. Using the “Fab 4” -all four have to be in the same lesson!- (9:44)

5. Fab 4 Poetry Lesson (11:13)

6. Research behind reciprocal teaching, effect size = .74, almost two years growth in one year! (15:16)

7. Using characters and props to enhance implementing the Fab 4 (20:50)

8. Final thoughts/contact information (24:12)

Here is the YouTube interview:

Lori’s ILA Blog article was in the top ones for 2020 as most-read…


Lori’s Books (screen capture taken from the video)-see her Bibliography for links. Those links are starred (*)

Here is a copyrighted bibliography of Reciprocal Teaching Resources provided by Lori © Lori Oczkus,2021     


Bibliography of Reciprocal Teaching Resources


Twitter @LoriOczkus      



 Article International Literacy Association Blog

(IMPORTANT: scroll to the bottom of article for handout, bookmark, video links)


FREE PODCAST Reciprocal Teaching: Improving Reading Comprehension with Four Powerful Tools http://www.bamradionetwork.com/ascd-learn-teach-lead-radio/4713-reciprocal-teaching-improving-reading-comprehension-with-four-tools

*BOOK and Study Guide:  Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Powerful Strategies and Lessons for Improving Reading Comprehension k-12: 3rd Edition foreword John Hattie (Oczkus,2018) ASCD/ILA http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Reciprocal-Teaching-at-Work.aspx

VIDEO Sample Clip: Reciprocal Teaching at Work: video ASCD, 2018


*Close Reading with Paired Texts k-12 series by Lori Oczkus/ Dr. Timothy Rasinski. Shell education. https://www.teachercreatedmaterials.com/series/close-reading-with-paired-texts-211/

Fabulous Four Comprehension Puppets


                                                                                                   © Lori Oczkus,2021     


Hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. Lori has some amazing teaching moves. As I said at the outside her way of implementing Reciprocal Teaching is high impact/low prep. Look for move interviews in the coming weeks. So, until next week,

Happy Reading and Writing!

Dr. Sam Bommarito (aka, the guy in the middle taking flak from all sides)

Copyright 2021 by Dr. Sam Bommarito. Views/interpretations expressed here are solely the view of this author and do not necessarily reflect the views of any other person or organization

Lori Ozkuz’s materials shared with permission © Lori Oczkus, 2021

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2 thoughts on “Lori Oczkus interview: Lori shares Comprehension Strategies that ACCELERATE and DRAMATICALLY BOOST Reading Scores!: An interview conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito

  1. Linda Maria Viera

    I’m looking for the study guide for Lori Oczkus’s book, Reciprocal Teaching at Work. You posted a link, but it does not take me to the study guide. Is there another way for me to receive the study guide? I’m leading a book club at school this year with this book.


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