(All in the name of improving reading comprehension of course!) Actually, it was part of a fantastic lesson from Chris Tovani's I Read It, But I Don't Get: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers.
- I gave my students a one-page reading selection called "The House" about two boys skipping school and going to one of the boy's houses. (The passage can be found on page 25 in the book.)
- I asked them to read it and underline with a pencil "the important details". (How many times have they heard that?)
- Then......I asked them to read it again, but this time, use a highlighter to mark the parts that would be important if they were considering buying the house.
- Finally....they read it a third time and used a second color to highlight key information if they were going to rob the house.
Check out Tovani's book - it has tons of other quick lessons and activities - especially for those students who can be tough to connect to reading.