Try being a Connector, Discoverer,
Illustrator, Questioner, Researcher, Scene Setter, Summarizer, and Word
– Try to find connections between the
book and you, and between the book and the wider world. This means connecting
the reading to your own past experiences, to happenings at school or in the
community, to stories in the news, to similar events at other times and
places, to other people or problems that you are reminded of. You may also
see connections between this book and other writings on the same topic, or by
the same author.
– Locate a few special sections
or quotations in the story. The idea is to go back to some especially
interesting, powerful, funny, puzzling, or important sections of the reading
and think about them more carefully. As you decide which passage or
paragraphs are worth going back to, make a note why you picked each one.
– Good readers make pictures in their minds as they read. This is a chance to
share images and visions. Draw some kind of picture related to the reading.
It can be a sketch, cartoon, diagram, flowchart, or stick-figure scene. You
can draw a picture of something that happened in your book or something that
the reading reminded you of, or a picture that shows any idea or feeling you
got from the reading. You can label things if you want. Write one or two
sentences to tell what your picture means, what it is about, or why you chose
to draw that particular picture.
– Write down a few questions
that you have about a part of the book or this book. What are you wondering
about while you are reading? Do you have questions about what was happening?
Do you wonder about what a word means? Do you wonder about what a character
did in the story? Do you think about what would happen next?
– Dig up some background information on any topic related to your book. This
might include the location, weather, culture, or history of the books
setting. It could be information about the author or pictures, objects, or
materials that illustrate parts of the book. Ways of gathering information
might include: the introduction, preface, or “about the author” section of the
book, library books, computer, encyclopedia, or other books by the author.
– When you are reading a book where
characters move around a lot and the scene changes frequently, it is important
to know where things are happening and how the setting may have changed.
Describe each setting in detail. Be sure to give the pages where the scene is
– Prepare a brief summary of the reading.
Your summary should tell the important things that happened to the characters
in one to three sentences. Then list some of the key points or events.
– The words a writer chooses are an important
ingredient of the author’s craft. Look for a few words that have special
meaning in the reading selection. If you find words that are puzzling or
unfamiliar, list them and then find their definition from a dictionary or some
other source. You may also run across words that stand out somehow in the
reading, words that are repeated a lot, words used in an unusual way, or words
that provide a really good description of what is happening in the story.
List these words too. Also write the page and paragraph where the words or
phrases are found.