Writing activities after reading
Write a dialogue, skit, or letter. The Kuglemass Woody Allen wrote a story in which the character can throw any book into a time machine and it takes you inside the book and the era. What would you do or talk about together?
This text could be a story, poem or newsreport. Sound off! Transparencies Copy portions of the text to a transparency. You'll find a treasure trove of themed children's books, parent—child activities, and other great resources for summer learning.
Or, write ten questions that test other students' understanding of the story.
Discuss one particular episode in the story that you remember most. Try using Post-Its on a whiteboard or butcher paper!
Pre reading activities
Explain why you think this book will or will not be read years from now. Formulating questions can also help them to organize the concepts into logical chunks of information for easier retrieval. Picture this Bring in art related to book's time or themes. Read aloud One student starts the reading and goes until they wish to pass. Try it! Kids books Bring in children's books about related themes and read these aloud to class. What would you say? Creative Discussions Prepare four or five simple questions and ask students to talk about those question for 3 minutes and after that ask one member of each pair to go and talk to another person of the group. Open mind Draw an empty head and inside of it draw any symbols or words or images that are bouncing around in the mind of the character of a story. Poetry connection Bring in poems that are thematically related to the story.
In addition, show how ideas can be paraphrased and written in the student's own words. At a later stage, these can be used to compare against the real events of the book.
Reading activities for middle school
What would you do or talk about together? Follow it up with writing or discussion to explain and explore responses. Second chance Talk or write about how it would change the story if a certain character had made a different decision earlier in the story e. Write a ballad or song about the characters and events in your story. Model your own thinking process; kids often don't know what it "looks like" to think. Pretend you are a talk show host and interview the main character. Any time you have something to say about some aspect of the story, interrupt the reader and discuss, question, argue. Epistle poem Write a poem in the form and voice of a letter: e. Interrupted conversations Pair up and trade-off reading through some text.
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