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For more years than I care to count, round-robin oral reading has been a part of classroom instruction. When Dolores Durkin (1978) sought to study instruction in comprehension, one of her findings was that round-robin oral reading was common during the reading and social studies lessons. Oral reading was often poor under these circumstances-children stumbled over hard-to-pronounce terms, read in a monotone, and were often difficult to hear (1978,p.32). Round robin oral reading, for the uninitiated, is a procedure that has students in a reading group taking turns reading orally. This reading may follow silent reading or may be done at sight. Although basal readers are usually used as the reading material, I've also seen round-robin reading take place with weekly news magazines and content area books. This situation is deplorable and there is no support in the literature for such a practice.

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