Recognize the Tree Reading Voices
This colorful and engaging PowerPoint presentation teaches students how to stay focused on their reading by recognizing the three voices in their head when they read. The reading voice is the voice you hear in your head when you read the words. The thinking voice is the voice you hear when you pause to question, process, react, or predict. Using the reading and thinking voices leads to comprehension of the text. The distracting voice leads the mind off-task. Being aware of these voices competing for their attention can help students become more intentional about staying focused on their reading. Students will know that they should use their reading and thinking voices and ignore the distracting voice. The first six slides use text and pictures to teach the meaning of each voice. The next three slides provide review questions with picture cues. The final six slides consist only of pictures with the question "Which voice is this?" The students should be able to identify which voice is depicted and explain their reasoning. After this lesson, you will be able to remind your students to use their reading and thinking voices and ignore the distracting voice. If you notice an off-task student, you can prompt him or her with a reminder to "Ignore that distracting voice!"