This page contains ideas for post-reading/listening/viewing activities.

Purposes of Post-reading Activities:

  • Analyze text
  • Briefly summarize text
  • Consolidate and organize information to improve memory
  • Develop syntheses of information
  • Extend learning through application, creative production, interpersonal communication, and evaluation
  • Find/notice language patterns within the text


Check Comprehension



  • Big Books
  • Class tell-a-story
  • Comprehension activities (created by students)
  • Dialogue journals between students posing as characters
  • Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Modern version
  • New ending
  • Newspaper article or newscast about the events or characters from the story
  • Play
  • Poem
  • Puppet Show
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Skit sacks--small groups create skits based on sacks of props given to them
  • Story map in a group—another group must retell the story based on the story map
  • Smoosh books
  • Table Talk--students write dinner party dialog between characters
  • Time Capsule
  • Video
  • Write from a different perspective/point of view
  • Write own story using similar plot or style (clone story)

Organize & Synthesize Information

Summarize Text