Informational texts can be a real challenge for readers, especially when the texts are dense with new information and concepts. Sometimes students need a little motivation to take the plunge into the first paragraph. Whetting students’ curiosity about the topic with a simple-to-do but thought-provoking activity gives them a purpose for reading (beyond because you said so!)—and likely helps them to read more intently.
“Prereading Motivational Strategies for INFORMATIONAL TEXTS” is a freebie by CharlesF. These quick prereading activities work equally well at grades 4 through 8. The teacher selects the one to use that best fits the topic of the informational text. These 10 activities can be used again and again!
Not much prep in advance.
Easy-to-follow directions written to the teacher.
Few steps so that students catch on quickly.
Instantly gets students thinking—and excited—about the text.