You totally deserve this post because you totally deserve a break! This reading strategy will automatically rope students in with engagement and will spark interest in the reading, encouraging students to actually...I don't know...READ!
Thanks to our recent training with Kylene Beers, I've found one of the best pre, during, and post strategies I've ever used! It's nice for you because once you set it in motion, you can sit back and watch it work beautifully (for a bit). And, it gives them the practice they need to (1) enter a text with a set of expectations, and (2) monitor and adjust their own comprehension.
Possible Sentences--Start by choosing an expository article. For your planning purposes, you want to pull 10 key words and/or phrases. To make it work, think along the lines of:
- people (avoid names)
- places (names are ok)
|Look! That's me and Suz with Bob Probst and Kylene Beers!|
I suddenly feel very...short.
- Miss America
- social media
- ignorance of the people
- the first Indian American to do so
- deserves better
- after 9/11
- beauty pageant
The second I gave them their task and told them the first pair to work in all 10 words (with reasonable sentences) would get a 100, my kids...my reluctant kids...were ALL over it! This was the Article of the Week, so they took it home to read for homework.
When they brought it back, they took their original possible sentences and revised them to reflect the actual article. Again, they were all over this and had even read the article! My kids were able to do this, and they enjoyed it!
While it wasn't a prop-my-feet-on-the-desk kind of break, it was nice to give them a reading task that was engaging and allowed them to feel immediate success.
If you like this idea, check out my Probable Passage post!