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Comprehension and Reading Strategies
Pages and Files
Activating prior knowledge
Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast
Locating key words and phrases
Point of View
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Reading Response Activities
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Students work in pairs to determine the importance of words that reflect important points in the story.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell (p 30-31)
Cause and Effect Chart
Students identify the cause and its effect. Write a set of cards with causes on some, and effects on others. Students match the cards.
The Reading Activities Handbook p 15
Read the piece to the students, as they follow along. Model the cross-out process on the overhead by “thinking aloud” as you cross out the non-essential words in the first paragraph. Depending on the sophistication of your students' skill level, you may wish to alert students that you are crossing out most of the prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, and articles. Leave most of the nouns, proper nouns, and verbs.
My partner said…
Partners place sticky notes throughout the text, to remind them to stop and reflect. They turn to their partner and offer views and opinions. The students jot a thought or sketch a quick picture based on the ideas shared by their partners. They then share their partners ideas with the class
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 21-22
Teacher reads a passage aloud, and the students share what they remember with their thinking partner.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 22-23
Model with a professional book review.
Discuss conversational oral reviews, pictorial and written reviews
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 28-29
The character and me
The students select a character from the book, and compares them to themselves. A Venn diagram may be used.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 42-43
Students place a sticky notes at points of interest- points of significance, confusion or personal interest.
Revisit, reflect, Retell p 45-46
Students anticipate what they think might be a memorable moment in the text. After reading they state what the memorable moment was. The students find a quote as an example of how the author created the memorable moment.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 52
Retelling the story
List or draw the most important events from the story. Plan any props required. Practice- inside your head
-with a partner
- in front of a mirror
Remember characters, setting, events, opinion
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 77- 78
What is important?
Students list the four key story elements or facts the text. They order them from least important to most important, adding words to justify ranking.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 82-83
The students are divided into two groups- storytellers and listeners. The storytellers work together to reflect on the most important elements of the story. The listener comes up with a list of important points. The students are matched. While the storyteller talks, the listener records the elements of the story that are provided. When the storyteller has finished, the listener provides clues about the remaining items on the list.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 84-85
Draw or write 3 points for each chapter, ie
Problem, solutions, setting
3 key events
points of tension
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 87
Paper bag theatre
Students illustrate a key setting from a story on the front of a paper bag. They illustrate and cut out drawings that represent characters and elements of the story that are important.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 94
Students collect real items that represent key points in the story and place them in a bag.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p m94
Storytelling on the IWB
Students draw character and setting elements from the story on the iwb. They use these to assist their retelling.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell p 94
Students draw the characters from the story and have them laminated. They are them attached to the garment with velcro, and used in retelling
Revisit, Reflect, Retell pm95
QR Codes Retells
Students can record an oral retell. Upload this to a QR Code. Place the QR Code inside the book.
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