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)
- 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