Today we discussed active reading. What is active reading you ask? Good Question.
First - Think about going to a scary movie. The young person goes into the house alone. You begin shouting at the screen, "Don't go into the house!" "You're going to get killed!" "You are so stupid!". You are actively watching the movie. You are engaged.
Now, take that idea and transfer it to a book you are reading. When you begin to talk to the characters, comment about them, and are frustrated with their actions, you are actively reading. How do you show that you are actively reading? Easy, through annotations and journal entries.
As you read a story circle any words you do not understand. This will allow you to go back over the words you don't know and re-read for context clues, or look up. When you come to something that makes you go "WOW" that is . . . Underline the sentence or phrase. This practice "marks" the spot that you found interesting, and can easily go back and find it when you finish the chapter.
Active Reading is easy! But wait, how do I turn my book in when I'm still reading it? Simple, complete a double-entry journal. Make a t-chart on your paper. On the left side, write the "wow" moments and page number. On the right side, write your thoughts about the passage or some element of the narrative (Character, plot, theme).
Students practiced this skill with reading an excerpt from "An Oral History of Neftali Cuello" by Corinne Goria and "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Homework: Answer Questions 1-4 on page 11 and 12. Fill out the chart on page 12 completing the two columns (Vivid Text and Analysis / Question / Opinion)