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I recently came across a fabulous article by Jim Burke on Reading Rockets titled, “103 Things to Do Before/During/After Reading“. Given that I am about to lead several workshops on reading and digital literacy for parents at the Magrudy’s Education Resource Center, Jim’s article will surely be on my recommended reading list for moms and dads.
Upon clicking the above link, you will notice Jim’s article was originally written in 1998. While that might seem like ions ago to some, rest assured, the recommendations are still 100% relevant. That said, I thought it would be useful to create a supplement to Jim’s article that includes a few ideas on how recent software and web applications can be used to get kids excited and thinking about what they read Before/During/After a book!
Take a look at the ideas below and feel free to add your own in the comments section of this post!
“Postcard: Write to a friend, the author, or to a character about this book.”
- Select one student to be a character in the book you are reading and to write a blog post from that character’s point of view. Other students can then submit questions and ideas to the character via the comments section of the post. To learn how to set up a blog for this project, click here.
“Mapmaker: Draw a map of the book’s setting.”
- Have students create a Google Lit Trip–using Google Earth to document and map the settings within the book at hand. To learn how to use this tool, click here.
“Trailer: Movie previews always offer a quick sequence of the best moments that make us want to watch it – storyboard or narrate the scenes for your trailer. Focus on verbs.”
- Create a movie trailer in the form of a digital story using tools like VoiceThread or iMovie. For tips on how to get started, click here.
“Collage: Create an individual or class collage around themes or characters in the book.”
- Use Wordle to create a digital word collage around key themes, characters or vocabulary in the book.
“Draw! Translate chapters into storyboards and cartoons; draw the most important scene in the chapter and explain its importance and action.”
“Dear Diary: Keep a diary as if you were a character in the story. Write down events that happen during the story and reflect on how they affected the character and why.”
- Have students create delightfully illustrated diary entries using the online collaborative storytelling tool Storybird.
“Haiku/Limerick: Create one about a character.”
- Use Twitter to share poems with parents and classmates.
“Notes and Quotes: Draw a line down the middle of the page. On one side write down important quotes, on the other comment on and analyze the quotes.”
- Create a collaborative “wiki-style” notes and quotes page using Google’s collaborative document tools. Feel free to host online book discussions using the live chat functions within the collaborative document applications.
Of course there is nothing wrong with a good ol’ fashion book review assignment, but why not share the reviews with other kids around the world? Check out the Spaghetti Book Club: Book Reviews By Kids For Kids.
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