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Reading Comprehension Activity: Reading with Color

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7th - 10th
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Looking for a unique and fun comprehension activity for older students? Try asking them to read with color.

This fun activity combines Post-Its with different colors of pens or markers in order for students to think more critically about layers of meaning within a text. It can be used with a variety of skills and with both fiction and nonfiction texts as well as visual texts and poetry.

For example, you could use it to guide students' thinking about topic, details, and theme. Or, use it for teaching specific skills, such as how setting impacts the overall plot.

Students will read and sketch. Then, they will re-read and sketch a couple more times. With each read, their thinking should become more specific, and the colors they use will symbolize the benefits of re-reading in a tangible way. They will finish by reflecting on and writing about how their thinking changed each time they re-read the passage with a different purpose.

Included in this resource, you will find a one-page template for the activity in both PDF and PPT editable formats. The PPT is partially editable. You can change the directions for each section by changing the wording in the text boxes. You will also find a link to my blog post where I detail different options for using this activity.

You can also use students' notes from this activity as a springboard to a writing assignment.

The benefits of this resource are many. It's quick, it's different, it's engaging, and it provides a way for you to assess how students are thinking about a text.

The activity is a simple way to scaffold students' understanding of a text as they read and re-read for deeper understanding. It's perfect for all levels of students, and in my blog post, I offer suggestions for tweaking it to challenge students who are ready for more.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

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