Educators are always searching for engaging, sound and practical activities to check their students' levels of comprehension-the Key ability behind any learning, no matter the subject area.
Here is a Common Core and Bloom's Taxonomy aligned FREE activity for ELA teachers. Through this activity, students show their understanding of a reading assignment by listing their thoughts, opinions and comments for three categories: Observations, Wonderings and Connections.
Middle School and High School students will write literal and inferential comprehension statements, ask questions about textual issues or vocabulary that caused them confusion, and will connect content with examples from television, movies, theater, music and art that share the same experiences, thoughts and feelings the author revealed. This activity allows students to exhibit their understanding of all aspects of the elements of literature as well as their grasp of analytic and critical-thinking skills.
No matter the text- fiction or nonfiction- teachers can use this activity any time that they want to check their students' understanding. After they see and hear (students have a speaking component to meet) their charges' thoughts, feelings and comments on the selected reading assignment, they can choose activities that meet various student needs and which help the young people to build durable houses of comprehension.
This activity provides the Key that will unlock the focus of the students' reading, resulting in an across-the-classroom, "Aha! Now I get it," response.
For another activity where students strengthen their reading comprehension while they reduce their fear factor of complicated texts, check out
Comprehension- Deconstructing Texts Activity: What's the Idea?
Comprehension-Reviewing Texts Activity: Tying it All Together
Comprehension Activity: Nonfiction Reading and Writing Analysis
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