Looking for ways to incorporate new technologies and digital literacies into reading comprehension? How about a virtual literature circle, that students can add to and comment on? David Booth's It's Critical! illustrates one way to do just that, and inspire all kinds of new sharing, connections, and meaningful conversation.
Structured talk and dialogue can enhance both reading comprehension and learning in general. These tips and prompts, from Lori Rog's Struggling Readers, will help you engage your students in thoughtful and productive discussion that will support and scaffold learning.
Help your students start to learn to work, imagine, and create together, and foster a true spirit of collaboration in the classroom.
Do your students have trouble adjusting their energy levels to suit their environment or activity? These self-regulation activities, from Joey Mandel's "Moment to Moment", will help kids understand a variety of energy levels, which environment they are suited to, and how to regulate their minds and bodies to adapt to different situations.
Building an inclusive classroom community is a consistent challenge. One way to start breaking down barriers and get students talking and engaging is to bring their families into classroom learning. This project, from Kathy Paterson's Differentiated Learning, will open doors to a wealth of rich conversations and learning opportunities.
Bring student's love of drawing and art into their reading, and watch their response come alive! These activities, from Jo Phenix's "Talking, Writing & Thinking About Books", will engage and inspire students to read closer, delve deeper, and respond in all new ways.
Once your students have chosen a novel for independent reading, what do they do with it? Larry Swartz' The Novel Experience has the answers, with ideas for response that range from talk to journals to art & drama.
A balanced reading program contains a number of elements, all of which are important to comprehension. Lisa Donohue's Independent Reading Inside the Box, 2nd Edition offers a primer on what those elements are, what they should contain, and how best to support reading in the classroom.
How students respond to their reading can be crucial to their comprehension, interpretation, and reflection of/on a text. These great activities, from Swartz & Peterson's "This Is a Great Book!", integrate reading, writing, talk, and the arts into novel response.
Looking for ways to make independent reading more vital in the classroom? Graham Foster's Ban the Book Report has a wealth of activities and strategies that will get your students invested and excited about what they read.
Good reading starts with great books. In her new book, Reading Power, Revised & Expanded Edition, Adrienne Gear has both great advice on how to start a winning classroom library, and a booklist that covers all the comprehension bases!
As children play with song, rhythm, and sound, they become aware of the patterns and rhythms of language that will help them grow in literacy. These activities in music, movement, and rhyme will encourage children to explore the fun and magic of language.