Reading Response activities will likely form a major part of your reading programme, whether you are running guided reading groups, a daily 5 system, literature circles or a reading workshop set up. It is time-consuming to create follow up activities for every book or text that your students read, so it is great to have ready to go activities that work across a range of genre.
I wrote previously about engaging students in reading comprehension activities, and this blog post is a good follow on from that.
I explained the need to:
- Providing engaging texts
- Offer a variety of follow-up activities
- Build independence and offer choice
- Differentiate, not separate
Build independence and offer choice
After considering the idea of fostering independence in students and allowing them chances to choose (some) of their follow up activities, I created a resource that I think will be really useful in your classroom. I’ve put together a freebie so that you can try it out. Keep reading for the link!
When I put together this resource I ensured the resource:
- Could be used for both fiction and non-fiction texts
- Offered choice but also ensured a range of skills were covered
- Covered a range of comprehension skills
- Is easy for you to grab, photocopy or laminate, and get to your students quickly.
Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading Response Activities
In these activity sheets, I have ensured a range of activities are available, with some compulsory tasks and some student choice. I have identified the specific skills so that student and teacher can quickly see the purpose of each activity. Students will enjoy the opportunity to choose some of their activities, while you can rest easy knowing that their follow-up activities are purposeful and engaging.
Tips for Use
- Model how to use this resource. Show your expectations for how to set out their answers in their exercise book (or on a digital device).
- Print and give to students as a worksheet to complete. Students use coloured pencils to show the question’s that they have completed.
Alternatively, laminate the Must Do, Choose Two boards and give students whiteboard pens/dry erase markers to mark the questions they have completed. I have had feedback from teachers that this is working well in their classroom. Additionally, it saves on photocopying time, and once they are set up, the hard work is done.
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Reading Response Must Do, Choose Two boards
If you are looking for a large pack of reading response activities, then we have a full set containing 20 fiction and non-fiction/informational reading response activities.
The following fiction reading skills are covered:
- Make Connections
- Determine Importance
- Character Analysis
- Ask Questions
- Point of View
- Cause and Effect
- Compare and Contrast
- Creative Thinking
The following non-fiction reading skills are covered:
- Author’s Purpose
- Text Features
- Main Idea
- Ask Questions
- Make Connections
- Organization of Ideas
- Prior Knowledge
- Find Specific Details
- Research Skills
- Fact or Opinion
Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Our range of reading comprehension activities provide:
- Engaging texts
We put together a blog post with tips on how to engage students in reading comprehension activities. Click here to have a read! There is a bonus FREEBIE included!
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Other Reading Blog Posts
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