“You can't know where you're going until you know where you've been.” - Unknown
The idea behind the above quote was the inspiration for the materials enclosed in this packet. I needed my students to reflect on their current reading behaviors in order for them to understand how to improve as readers.
Teaching my students to be aware, active, and self-reflective readers has been some of the most powerful teaching I have done in my 18 years in the classroom. I do this lesson in the beginning of the year, before we begin learning about meaningful reading strategies like Making Connections, Asking Questions, Visualizing and Inferring, Evaluating and Synthesizing.
Included in this packet are:
*4 reading posters (Title poster, High-Flying/Strategic Reader, Chug-Along Reader, and Racing Reader)
*Teacher Modeling Activity – Master Text, and 3 scripts for each type of reader
*Graphic Organizer for noting Reading Behaviors, and Teacher's Answer Guide
*2 Reading Assessment/Goal Sheets (Primary and Intermediate lined)
*Detailed Suggested Instructional Sequence
The general idea of this activity is to have students make note of what reading behaviors each reader-type has, and then suggest ways to improve. Finally, students will complete a self-assessment sheet, and write one reading goal for themselves.
I typically complete this activity with my second graders, in three sessions. Each session usually lasts between 30-45 minutes. (I recommend this activity for students in grades 2-4. But,it could also be done with 1st grade readers mid-way, or at the end of the year.)
I know you will find these materials useful in helping your students become more reflective, strategic readers.