To start they will need their tri-fold paper they took Before Reading notes on. They will then use their notes to help me review Before Reading strategies. I want them to look back in their notes to look for answers. This helps create a connection to their notes and helping them with their reading. It is also a good practice for looking back for evidence, the evidence is more meaningful because they wrote it.
I focus the review on PAWS: Purpose/Preview, Activate Prior Knowledge, Wonder, and Set a Speed. Each of these I review, model, and demonstrate. I want them to try to demonstrate each piece and role play what each one might look like. At the very least, I want them to give me examples or explanations for each of the Before Reading steps.
During Reading strategies are the most important. These are the strategies good readers use automatically many times when they read. I like to talk about football players and their need for practice to get better. I then link this idea with reading. The only way our brain becomes automatic or really good at reading is through practice.
These strategies are quite intense and are going to take more lessons and practice for students to learn, try, and understand. This lesson is just a quite overview of each and is not meant to teach piece explicitly. Those lessons will come in the future. Instead, i like this lesson to serve as an introduction or warm up for what is to come.
I begin with Check for Understanding. We have already begun to practice this each time we read. I make sure to use this term each time I read and model how a reader monitors their reading. Check for Understanding is asking yourself if you know what you just read, what did you read, and did it make sense?
The other pieces I cover briefly are summarizing, making connections, visualizing, and asking questions. Each of these I explain what they are, give an explanation and then use this explanation to add a detail to each one in their notes.
I have attached a student sample so that you can see what their notes/ bookmark will look like afer this lesson.
This lesson just scratches the surface for During Reading strategies. It gives them some terminology to build on and a resource to use as we read non-fiction text. Students are usually very good at visualizing. To close we practice visualizing. I am reading "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," so I take pieces of the book that I have read and ask students to share what they see in their minds. In this case, Fudge is a good character for students to explain how they visualize him. I then choose other sections of the books and do the same thing. I try to call on every student to see how well they do this and if they can explain why they think that.