These lessons improve reading instruction and include activities for independent reading of novels, close reading of short stories and poetry, reading strategies, formative assessment of reading, and guided selection of SSR books.
Lessons include the following and come in a ZIP file:
Book Discussion Tools for Any Text: Help students talk meaningfully about their reading and improve their speaking & listening skills. Discussion handouts require students to summarize, analyze author’s craft, define vocabulary, and identify text support. Students also select quotes to draw conclusions, make predictions, and form connections.These activities guide their reading and prepare them for Readers’ Roundtable, which imitates the style of Socratic Seminar.
Choosing Novels for Silent Sustained Reading: Students choose novels for independent reading with this activity. Great to use at the beginning of the school year, this activity uses a strategy called IRA in which students evaluate their book choices by interest, readability, and appropriateness
Reading Strategies for Any Text: Use these before, during, and post-reading strategy activities to help your students become independent readers. Handouts require minimal, if any, teacher preparation, and are for use in multiple content areas including English, social studies, science, and other disciplines. Additionally, they are an excellent way to meet the needs of diverse students while engaging them in their reading.
Digital Task Cards for Common Core Standards: Use these digital task cards as formative assessment for Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards for Reading. They can be used with Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. They make meaningful bell ringers, exit slips, small group work, or learning station activities.
Poetry Analysis and Close Reading: Make poetry analysis fun for your students with these magnifying glasses! Students use them to examine the following poetic devices: diction, structure, sound devices, symbolism, figurative language, and theme. Then each student completes a poetry analysis web and writes a theme statement that identifies the complex meanings of the assigned poem.
Short Story Analysis and Close Reading: Make literary analysis fun for your students with these magnifying glasses! Students use them to examine the following literature elements: character (words & thoughts, relationships, physical appearance, actions), setting, plot (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), conflict (human vs. human, human vs. nature, human vs. self, human vs. society), and theme.
This bundle would be great for meeting the needs of diverse learners and includes 117 pages.
If preferred, each lesson is available separately
at the links below:
Reading Strategies for Any Text
Choosing Novels for SSR
Discussion Tools for Any Text
Digital Task Cards for Reading Standards
Common Core Task Cards: Formative Assessment for Reading
Short Story Analysis & Close Reading
Poetry Analysis & Close Reading