***Australian and USA Spelling Included***
Looking for an engaging and explicit way to introduce your students to the comprehension reading strategies. Here it is!!
This activity will not only engage students but is a more creative way for students to apply and share what they have learned. The BLM’s are designed for maximum student productivity and to really showcase what they can do. Their work is the hero of the activity, not the digital graphics, fonts or layout.
Students can complete a “More Comprehension Reading Strategies Literacy Cube” to demonstrate their understanding and application of the reading strategies that they have been learning in class;
- Determining Importance,
- Compare/Contrast and
**The sixth side of the cube gives students the opportunity to apply any or all of their reading strategies to create a personal reading response.
Students can choose to complete:
- Mini movie poster for the movie release of your text.
- A new book cover.
- A catalogue page selling items that would interest your main character or are
relevant to the text.
- A poem about your text in any form you like.
Eg haiku, limerick, cinquain, bio-poem, concrete poem.
- A postcard sent to or from one of the characters.
- A scrapbook page by one of the characters.
- A photo album page by one of the characters.
- Write a new ending for the book or the start of the sequel.
• Literacy Cube with instructions (Both Aus and USA versions)
• Worked sample using ‘The Bugalugs Bum Thief’ by Tim Winton
It can be used:
• as a way of introducing the reading strategies as a whole class activity, the
teacher can model each strategy and complete with the students and after all
sides have been completed (all strategies introduced) over a period of time,
each student will have their own worked sample of each strategy.
• as a homework project on a self-selected text and then presented to the class.
• as a form of assessment on a class novel study or previously unseen text.
Remember predictions can be about what will happen after the story ends!!!
• as an independent reading group activity.
• as a group work activity – each student responsible for one side of the cube. It
would work well with reciprocal reading groups.
• to engage with particular texts highlighting significant events or topics. Eg Book
Week Short Listed Books, ANZAC Day stories, Learning Across the Curriculum
perspectives – Asia, Indigenous, Sustainability, Reconciliation, Harmony Day
***Looking for additional strategies then check out my,
Super 6 Comprehension Strategies and Focus on Reading Literacy Cube
The sides of both cubes are interchangeable so you can tailor make your own cube based on your chosen strategies.
The cube allows for personalisation and differentiation and ‘getting children to comprehend and respond in short jottings to record their thinking’ (Angello, in Fountas and Pinnell 2006,p.462) and allows for students to strengthen and transfer reading knowledge to their writing.
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