Designed to improve reading instruction, these lessons include activities suited for independent reading of novels, close reading of short stories and poetry, practicing reading strategies, formative assessment of reading, and guided selection of books for silent sustained reading (SSR).
Contained in a ZIP file, this 117-page bundle includes the following:
Book Discussion Tools for Any Text
: Help students meaningfully discuss their reading and improve their speaking and listening skills. Discussion handouts require students to summarize text, analyze author’s craft, define vocabulary, and identify text support. Students also select quotations 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 employs the strategy IRA, in which students evaluate their book choices by interest, readability, and appropriateness.
Reading Strategies for Any Text
: Use these activities emphasizing before-, during-, and post-reading strategies to help your students become independent readers. Handouts require minimal, if any, teacher preparation, and may be used in multiple content areas, including English, social studies, science, and other disciplines. Additionally, these 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. Try using them to 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 enjoyable by providing students with these magnifying glasses to study their texts closely. Students examine the following literary elements: character (words and 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.
The activities included in this bundle can be used again and again across disciplines, with a variety of texts, and for a range of diverse learners.
If you prefer to access the lessons separately, please find 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
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