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Reading Process: Concepts of Print, Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring Strategies


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      Activities: Help with Fundamentals

      These activities can help you address the fundamentals of Reading Process with your students.

      Novel Endings

      Ask students to write the next chapter of a piece of literature they have studied in class. Drawing on the story's characters and events, students should write a plausible follow-up to the author's original ending. For example, students might consider writing a chapter to describe the other characters' reactions to Edna Pontillier's suicide in The Awakening or a postscript to Romeo and Juliet, in which the Montague and Capulet families meet in Verona after the young lovers die.

      After students write their new endings, have them trade with a partner or share them aloud. Ask the listeners to point out which events in the new ending are logical, based on what they know of the characters in the story. Have the listeners list the character traits or actual events from the story that back up their classmates' predictions. If the new endings do not seem logical, discuss why.

      Literary Game Show

      Ask students to create game show questions about a novel you have recently completed in class. Students should gather in groups to create literal, inferential, evaluative and synthesizing questions about the text. Groups can quiz one another as they choose from the four question categories. This creates a fun review of a text and establishes metacognition about the kinds of questions we use to discuss literature.

      Beginning the Reading Process: Selecting Texts

      Help your students develop as independent readers by encouraging them to find books that reflect their interests. Take a walk with your students through a library or book store. Ask them to head to the shelves that attract them. Afterwards, ask them What made you walk into this area? What drew you to this particular shelf of books?

      In addition, provide your students with a personal interest survey. Give them time to think about what inspires or motivates them. Remind students that there are articles, journals, books and Web sites about every interest--from video games to knitting to rugby. Create opportunities for students to read widely in an area of personal interest.

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