PALS: A Reading Strategy for High School


Take some time now to answer the following questions. Please note that the IRIS Center does not collect your Assessment responses. If this is a course assignment, you should turn them in to your professor using whatever method he or she requires. If you have trouble answering any of the questions, go back and review the Perspectives & Resources pages in this Module.

Students working in class

  1. List five benefits of PALS. Describe a classroom situation that might prompt a high-school teacher to implement the strategy.
  2. Name the three reading activities for PALS for high-school students and describe the reading skills targeted by each.
  3.  Describe a typical PALS session. Be sure to discuss the roles of both the students and the teacher.
  4. Imagine that you are Ms. McAvoy, a tenth-grade teacher implementing PALS with a class of 29 students. You wish to limit the classroom disruption that occurs when students move to their partners. Select one of the two methods discussed in this Module for moving students into pairs for PALS. Explain why you chose this option.
  5. Again, imagine that you are Ms. McAvoy. Of your 29 students, three are absent, leaving three students without their regular partners. How would you ensure that each student could participate in your regularly scheduled PALS session?





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