Before reading, hand out lines of a poem and have students try to build an idea of what the poem will be about...invite two students to play good angel/bad angel for a book character...have students perform a vocabulary statue depicting the meaning of terms such as global warming or deforestation. This book has many motivating ideas like this that energize students before, during, and after reading. These strategies can be done individually, or through pair work or groups. Great for deepening reading strategies such as activating prior knowledge, inferring, visualizing, making connections, and more. For use with Grades 4 & Up.
Jeff Wilhelm is the author of Improving Comprehension with Think Aloud Strategies (Scholastic) You Gotta BE the Book (Teachers College Press) and several other books. He has taught middle school and high school and currently teaches in the Professional Development Network at the University of Maine Writing Project. He regularly presents at national and international conferences. This is the second book in his Action Strategies for Readers series for Scholastic.
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