University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Shaping Up Comprehension

Shaping Up Comprehension

LEADERS Handbook of Early Literacy Strategies and Activities

Time: 10-15 minutes
Group Style: Whole group, small group, or partners
Grade Level: 1-6


This strategy allows the students to monitor their own understanding.



  1. After completing the text, give each student a set of shapes (square, circle, and triangle) or photocopy of the Worksheet.
  2. Each student should write on each shape.

    What you have "squared" away (What you understand)

    Questions going around in your head

    Three things or points you would like to remember

Teacher Comments

Using cut out shapes instead of a worksheet could lead to creation of a poster about the story or topic for display in your room.