5 Examples of Post-Reading Activities


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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)

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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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