First select a passage from the novel you’re reading, select one of the fluency summaries in one of my study guides (shameless plug) or go to Project Gutenberg and cut and paste a passage from a classic. Pair up students, have them practice reading the passage to each other – this isn’t cheating – it’s practicing reading fluency. Set a time for a one, two or three minutes and GO! When time is up – have students calculate words per minutes (total words read, minus words read incorrectly, divided by minutes = wpm).
If you choose a passage and don’t count the words – have students do a word count when they finish reading, for some reason they actually really like doing this.
Next, have students work alone or in pairs to answer the following questions:
First Read: Understanding the Basics:
1. What is the main idea of the text?
2. Circle the words or passages that jump out at you.
3. Write down any questions you have.
Second Read: Digging Deep
1. What text structures and text features were used?
2. What is the author’s purpose?
3. How do you feel when you read the chapter?
4. Why did the author use particular words, nuances and phrases?
Third Read: Putting it All Together
1. What do you infer from the text?
2. How does this passage relate to other texts you’ve read?
3. List three key points from this passage that relate to your life.
4. Tell how you know they are key points.
Quoting the Text:
Choose what you feel is the most important passage. Rewrite it, tell why you feel it is important and discuss what theme it relates to.