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Dialogic Reading CROWD Prompts for Shared Story Reading in Speech Therapy

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

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Hi friends!

Wondering what kind of prompts you can use to engage your students during shared storybook reading? Try using dialogic prompts!

Dialogic prompts are the first step in the P.E.E.R. sequence. If you're looking for a refresher on dialogic reading and the P.E.E.R. sequence, click here!

C.R.O.W.D. Prompts


C Completion prompts that fill in a blank at the end of a sentence.

R Recall prompts ask children to talk about what has happened so far in a story or text. You can also prompt them to think about stories you may have read in the past. Recall prompts support comprehension and recall.

O Open-ended prompts are ones that could have multiple types of responses.

W – WH prompts begin with what, where, when, why, and how. In this situation, adults are looking for a specific response.

D – Distancing prompts helps students make text-to-self connections. In other words, they help children bridge the text with the real world.

Here are some examples:

CROWD prompts with examples. C for completion. R for recall. O for open ended. WH for wh questions. D for distancing.

Here are a few more examples that I shared over on my instagram!

I hope that helps!

Happy reading! 💛

Three grey mountains with some white snow on to. A small heart in a speech bubble. Four boot prints underneath the mountain. The name Sarah in pink, blue, peach, green, and purple colors.


Flack, Z. M., Field, A. P., & Horst, J. S. (2018). The effects of shared storybook reading on word learning: A meta-analysis. Developmental Psychology, 54(7), 1334–1346. Link

Watkins, P. (2018). Extensive reading for primary in ELT Part of the Cambridge Papers in ELT series. [pdf] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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