This page contains links to ideas and information for during reading/listening/viewing activities.











Purposes of During Reading Activities:


  • Apply reading strategies
  • Break up (scaffold) the text
  • Critically process the content/meaning of the text (literally and in connection to students' personal lives)
  • Discuss academic content of the text (develop interpersonal communication skills)
  • Evaluate comprehension


During Reading/Listening/Viewing Activity Ideas:


  • Checklists - Mark off items from a list when you hear them during the text

  • Choral Repetition - Chant a repeated phrase each time it comes up in the text

  • Cloze Passages - Fill in missing words while listening to or viewing a text (usually with targeted grammatical structures or vocabulary topics)

  • Compare & Contrast - Students compare and contrast how two characters, situations, or texts are similar and different

  • Dramatize - Act out passages from the text

  • Drawing - Color or draw a picture according to the description in the text


  • Highlight - Mark unknown words/segments as they read, then after reading, pair up and guess meaning from context

  • Illustrate - Illustrate an assigned chapter or segment from a text. Class then summarizes/retells the events which occurred using the illustrations as prompts

  • Journals - Jot down meaningful quotes from the text and react to them in journals; keep a journal from the perspective of one of the characters/speakers, write an explanation of an event from the point of view of another character, write letters among characters at critical points in the story

  • Manipulatives - Move items according to the action in the text (paper dolls, scenes, etc.)

  • Make Connections - Make connections between prior knowledge and content of the text

  • Maps - Draw a map as described in the text, map the story, trace a character's journey on a map

  • Opinion/Proof - Students make assertions or list personal opinions about a topic or text, then search the text for "proof" they can use to support their assertions

  • Paraphrase - Paraphrase sections of the text


  • Questions - Generate questions about the text



  • Scavenger Hunt - Locate key ideas, words, or evidence for a particular argument in the text


  • Semantic Feature Analysis - Students complete a chart with +/- to indicate whether or not the characteristics on the list are present for each character or text

  • Sequence - Sequence images or events from the text as they appear

  • Signal Cards - Hold up relevant images, objects, or words when they are described in the text


  • SQ4R - Students survey the text, ask questions about it, read, recite, relate the text to themselves, and review

  • Subtitles - Divide the text into structural segments and create a subtitle for each

  • **Text Rendering Protocol** - Students identify the sentence that means the most to them, then their favorite phrase, then their favorite word




  • Visualize - Visualize or illustrate portions of the text