Collaborative Strategic Reading

Universal One International Academy has Instructors trained in the Collaborative Strategic Reading program, with these tactics being the first to be brought into Mexico, are sure to increase the English/Spanish reading capacity of students. We fully support Collaborative Strategic Reading and have listed a bit of information about the program below.

An innovative approach to reading comprehension

Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) is a set of instructional strategies for teaching, learning and understanding reading. With CSR, students work together in collaborative groups to read text and apply comprehension strategies to better understand science, social studies and language arts content. CSR includes methods of monitoring comprehension, reviewing and synthesizing information, asking and answering questions, and taking steps to improve understanding.

What is CSR? Collaborative Strategic Reading CSR Colorado

Collaborative Strategic Reading is:

Effective: CSR is a set of research-based best practices intended to improve reading comprehension. It enhances content learning, facilitates access to higher-level text, and promotes student engagement. CSR also improves students’ self-reliance by developing their collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

While designed to support a wide variety of learners, this set of strategies is especially helpful for English language learners (ELLs), students with learning disabilities and struggling readers thereby supporting their ability to read at grade-level and above.

Collaborative: One of the unique aspects of CSR is that it utilizes cooperative learning. Each student performs a distinct role that helps the group use CSR. Students form their own questions, share in rich discussion and help each other understand challenging text.

Collaborative Strategic ReadingStrategic: CSR combines two effective teaching techniques—reading comprehension strategy instruction and cooperative learning—encouraging students to actively participate in their own education.

Also, when students comprehend and discuss the content they are reading and think critically, teachers are then able to acquire a clear picture of how well their students are understanding and applying their knowledge. CSR provides students the skills and tools to access and understand deep content knowledge; it cements their learning. 

Holistic: CSR is not a pre-packaged curriculum that becomes outdated post-purchase. Rather, it is designed to fit with new textbooks and curriculum as they are adopted. Furthermore, CSR is unique because it is implemented in science and social studies classes, not only language arts. This shared-responsibility model supports a collaborative support structure and common language that can be shared between classes to help excel Denver Public Schools middle school students’ reading comprehension.

Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension plays a critical part in your child’s success


CSR helps students understand the content they are reading by reviewing and synthesizing information, asking and answering questions, and taking steps to improve comprehension. Children who fail to master reading comprehension in middle school have a much lower rate of high school graduation and fewer chances of success later in life.

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Better Reading

Better Reading

Your child will develop better reading comprehension with CSR

CSR uses research-based, proven strategies that help students of all abilities improve their reading comprehension skills, especially English language learners (ELLs) and struggling readers. Every student benefits from the collaboration, critical thinking and leadership skills learned through participation in CSR.

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In & Out Classroom

CSR will help your child succeed both in and out of the classroom

The benefits of CSR go well beyond reading comprehension. Students who improve their reading comprehension skills are more likely to understand the content they are learning in all subject areas, increasing their overall achievement in school. 

The interactive nature of the CSR practice also helps students develop self-confidence, critical thinking, and both social and leadership skills which can be used in the classroom and beyond. Moreover, CSR promotes belief in oneself and allows ELLs in particular to see their primary language as a benefit, rather than a hindrance, to learning English.

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Extra Support


You can provide extra support outside of the classroom


Parents play a vital role in their child’s education especially when it comes to literacy and reading comprehension. By becoming familiar with CSR strategies, you can help your child at home and give him or her the comprehensive support and extra reinforcement he or she needs to be successful.

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CSR Preview

  1. Read Read the title, subtitles, headings and keywords to learn about the passage.
  2. Brainstorm Think about what you already know about the topic.
  3. Predict Predict what you will learn.

Click & Clunk

Look for Clunks
Find words or ideas you don't understand.

Use Fix-Up Strategies

  • Reread the sentence with the clunk and look for key ideas to help you figure out the word. Think about what makes sense.
  • Reread the sentences before and after the sentence with the clunk, looking for clues.
  • Break the word apart and look for word parts (prefixes, suffixes, root words) or smaller words you know.
  • Look for a cognate that makes sense.

Get the Gist

Figure out the main idea

  • Determine the most important who or what.
  • Find the most important information about the who or what.
  • Write a brief gist statement.

Wrap it up



Write three types of questions that can be answered by reading the passage and thinking about what you already know.

  • Right There
  • Think and Search
  • Author and You

Identify the most important information.

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