reading-strategies
Fiction, Nonfiction

Reading Strategies with a Laser-Focus

Reading strategies support comprehension in reading. They help scaffold the students' thinking, reading, note-taking skills, and writing. Reading Strategies for Fiction Fictional text is organized through the story structure. It is useful for students to describe the character by taking notes. To analyze the character, I use a web diagram and also a three column… Continue reading Reading Strategies with a Laser-Focus

literary-elements
Fiction

Literary Elements are the Structures to Fiction

Literary elements are the components of stories. Children have exposure to literary elements at a young age. What are literary elements? Setting, character, plot, mood, and theme are five examples. Setting is where the story takes place. I have students think about how the settings are relevant to the story. Let's use Little Red Riding… Continue reading Literary Elements are the Structures to Fiction

literature-circles
Fiction, Student Centered

Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students

Literature Circles are a great way to have student led discussions. Students get a sense of responsibility, accountability, and cooperation. How do I start literature circles? The discussion director is the role I like to start with. As I read and think aloud, I write down questions. I model thought provoking, open ended questions. There… Continue reading Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students

simple-book-reports
Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

Book Report Templates for All Books

Book reports are written to explain the content of a book. Whether reporting on a fiction or nonfiction book, comprehension skills and strategies are used independently. When reporting on a book that is fiction, you will want students to include a plot map, character analysis, connections, and a brief book review. Fiction Book Reports A… Continue reading Book Report Templates for All Books

character-analysis
Fiction

Character Analysis is a Central Part to Fiction

Character Analysis Worksheets help students take notes on how the characters feel and act. As you begin to read fictional text, you learn about characters in the story. Each character's personality comes to life through his or her actions and behavior. Character Traits When analyzing characters, traits will be good to identify. Character traits describe… Continue reading Character Analysis is a Central Part to Fiction