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

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      Activities: Additional Instruction and Practice

      These activities may be useful for students who require additional instruction and practice with Reading Process.

      Power Summaries

      Ask students to summarize a relevant text, such as a chapter of a novel or a poem. Have students present the most important themes and ideas from this selection by sharing their findings in a PowerPoint presentation. Discuss with your students how a PowerPoint slide demands limited text since viewers see the slides as an enhancement to a speaker's presentation. This will encourage students to be concise in their summarization. Using the presentation they have prepared as an outline, students will also practice speaking about a text in their own words.

      Talking to Yourself

      Challenge each student to write a one-page interior monologue (as if the character is talking to himself) in which the narrator is anxious about receiving some news, such as the grade on an important test, or an offer for a high-paying summer job. Tell students, however, that they are not allowed to tell their reader how the character feels. In other words, the speaker cannot say, "I'm so nervous!" or "I can't wait!" The writers must use the character's actions and speech in ways that show, not tell, the character's emotions.

      The point of this exercise is to help students create a text that allows a reader to infer the speaker's emotions and develop insight into the character.

      Calling all Readers

      Consider starting a book club at your school. This is a great way to share your love of reading with students, to allow yourself some time for pleasure reading, and to generate enthusiasm among students. As a moderator of a student book club, you will have the opportunity to explore literature that your students choose independently and you will get to know more about their tastes and interests. Meet for an hour or two each month after school to discuss a book. Here are a few suggestions for getting your book club off the ground and maintaining the momentum:

      • Start by leading students in the creation of a student-generated reading list for the year. Encourage each person to share a book he or she loves and to recommend favorite authors.
      • Select books according to relevant themes (an academic theme for September as you head back to school, suspense for October, etc.).
      • Enhance the reading with theme-related foods. (For example, everything the students bring in as snacks for a discussion of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees can be made with honey.)
      • Read books by local authors or that are set in proximity to your city, town or region and visit places described in the text.
      • Invite authors or speakers to join your meetings.
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