A Guide-O-Rama is similar to a traditional study guide, except the Guide-O-Rama isn’t simply facts from the text or comprehension questions for students to answer. The Guide-O-Rama provides insight into how one might process the information as they read the text and helps students navigate the text using guiding questions or “think-aloud” statements that will support their understanding of key portions of the text. A secondary benefit of the Guide-O-Rama is helping students acquire independent reading comprehension skills.

Adolescent Literacy Model- Guide-O-Rama


  1. Identify text that is important for your students to read as a part of the current unit of study. When planning for the use of complex text, prepare a Guide-O-Rama to aid students in navigating the text.
  2. Determine key portions of the text that students will need to work to comprehend.
  3. Create guiding questions or statements that will support students’ understanding for each of the key portions of the text. The following are considerations when creating guiding statements and/or questions for the guide:
    • Direct students to pay attention to bolded key vocabulary, figures, maps, diagrams, and photographs. Provide guiding questions to help students make meaning of the text.
    • Conduct a Think Aloud around a paragraph to model for students what proficient readers do when encountering complex text.
  1. Provide students with the text, inviting them to utilize the Guide-O-Rama as they navigate and work to comprehend the content.



  • How did the Guide-O-Rama enhance your reading comprehension skills?

  • What new learning did you take away from this experience?

  • How might the process you used during the use of the Guide-O-Rama transfer to real life?

  • Text can be defined as anything used to gain information. Guide-O-Ramas can support reading comprehension of  articles, videos, fictional stories, informational resources, websites, photographs, etc.
  • Consider providing a graphic organizer such as a Venn Diagram within your Guide-O-Rama if comparing or contrasting information from a paragraph would be beneficial in helping students understand the content.



Students use a Guide-O-Rama to support their viewing of a video
about the Underground Railroad. Statements guide students to pause at certain points (i.e., at the 0:10 marker) to take note of factual information presented in the video.


Students in a theater class use a Guide-O-Rama as they investigate the time period and place of a dramatic work to better understand performance and design choices.


Students use a Guide-O-Rama to navigate the Periodic Table of the Elements. Statements might refer to the color patterns, symbols, or atomic numbers of the elements.


Students use a Guide-O-Rama to make sense of an organization’s financial report. Statements and questions might refer to revenue, operating expenses, or taxes and how they are calculated or what they represent.


Blackburn, B. (2020, September 30). Guiding your students for independent work with Guide-O-Ramas. Share My Lesson. Retrieved March 23, 2022, from