I continue with one more post of my online training about reading , those are the objectives that you have to keep in mind when thinking about Post-reading activities
- What kinds of post-reading activities are there?
- What are graphic organizers?
- How can we use them in the classroom?
Post-reading activities help students understand texts further, through critically analyzing what they have read.
Two activities that I suggest are the following are the following
- Ask students to choose 10-15 words from the text. You can provide categories for the words e.g. the most interesting words / the most important words / key words related to the topic. Students then write a text using the words. This text could be a story, poem, news report, summary, etc.
- Ask students to say which part of the text is the most important/interesting and which part is not interesting or key
What does a graphic organizer look like?
‘A graphic organizer (also known as a concept map, mind map or relationship chart) is usually a one-page form with blank areas for learners to complete with ideas and information which are connected in some way.’ (Darn, 2008)
- can help convey large chunks of information concisely;
- encourage strategic thinking: describing, comparing and contrasting, classifying, sequencing, identifying cause and effect, decision making, etc;
- can be used to aid reading comprehension – students can brainstorm around a topic, summarize texts, etc – as well as other learning activities, such as organizing and storing vocabulary, planning research, writing projects, etc;
- are easy to use with all levels and ages;
- are non-linear and thus allow for multiple connections between ideas