Summarizing is a great way to know if a student is understandning the main point of the reading. In this activity from The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Grades K-8, the student will write a news story to another student explaining the most important points to know from the text read the day before.
Use these tips from What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8, to engage your students in fiction read alouds.
Much like the adage “a rising tide lifts all boats,” displaying students’ writing about reading gives all students the opportunity to learn from—and aspire to— the ways of thinking of peers. Check out this activity from What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, Grades 3-8 to learn how to create an effective inspiration wall for your classroom.
Watch this video of Douglas Fisher, author of Rigorous Reading, discussing methods for analyzing complex texts and the expectation for students to "read like detectives and write like reporters," enabling students to dig deeper into texts and defend their findings with evidence.