This document will allow your students to gain independent reading comprehension skills.
This resource serves as a great resource to use in order to check your students comprehension skills while they are reading independently. As a teacher, I use this document with independent novels and with guided class novels in order to check comprehension skills.
This document contains a guidelines/direction page. The directions explain to your students why creating visual images while reading is imperative! The visual images are compared in the directions to watching a movie. Our students should always have vivid movies playing in their minds while reading in order to improve and retain comprehension skills.
As a teacher, you can distribute this document to your students at the start of the week. You have the option of requiring students to write down pages they read independently each day, or you can assign sections for each day on the guide.
On each movie reel, students must answer two questions in each box. Question one requires students to summarize in their own words what just happened in their book while they were reading.
The second question they can choose from a list of guided topics such as:
1. How is your character feeling right now? Tell how you know this.
2. What problem is your main character facing right now?
3. Describe in depth with at least three details from the book where you character is at right now.
4. Describe three events that happened either while you were reading today, or events that lead up to one main event that happened while you were reading today.
Your students can meet and conference with you as a teacher to discuss what is happening so far in their books, or your students can turn this page into you at the end of the week.
You can be reassured that this document has everything that you need in order to implement this into your classroom. This document can be used on a daily basis and throughout the entire school year for a variety of grade levels. I have found that the small summarization boxes have improved my students’ comprehension skills dramatically. They know in advance that they will have to write about what they just read. Therefore they are putting in the extra effort to make sure they understand and can visualize everything happening while they are reading independently.
I hope you and your students enjoy!