5 Examples of Post-Reading Activities


Post-reading activities help students understand texts further, through critically analyzing what they have read.

Five  activities  that  I suggest are  the  following:

1. 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.

2. Ask students to say which part of the text is the most important/interesting and which part is not interesting or key.

3. Prepare four or five simple questions and ask students to talk about those question for 3 minutes and after that ask one member of each pair to go and talk to another person of the group.

4. Ask your students to prepare  5 questions about what they read, once they have them ready, you can tell the students to make groups of 4 and then they can ask those questions to each other.

5. A graphic organizer (also known as a concept map or mind map) 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)


Graphic organizers…

  1. can help convey large chunks of information concisely;
  2. encourage strategic thinking: describing, comparing and contrasting, classifying, sequencing, identifying cause and effect, decision making, etc;
  3. 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;
  4. are easy to use with all levels and ages;
  5. are non-linear and thus allow for multiple connections between ideas

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