Reading Rockets: List-Group-Label

Reading Rockets
List-group-label is a vocabulary and comprehension strategy that helps develop categorization skills, build background knowledge, activate critical thinking, and grow vocabulary. Watch list-group-label in action. Go inside Cathy Doyle's second grade classroom in Evanston, Illinois to observe her students learning the list-group-label strategy. Cathy builds the lesson around the concept of gardening, based on a recent classroom read-aloud, The Gardener. Joanne Meier, our research director, introduces the strategy and highlights the vocabulary and comprehension skills that list-group-label supports. For additioinal videos featuring effective teaching strategies, children's authors, reading experts, and professional development webcasts — plus a robust library of video clips organized by topic, visit