Purpose: Post-reading debrief
Time: approximately 50 minutes
Level: adaptable to multiple levels. I used it in an advanced class one level below freshman composition.
In past posts, I wrote about “Close Reading Folders” and “Close Reading Knowledge Building,” two activities to get your students working together to unpack key passages of a text. I love the concept of focusing students on important passages and having them go deep, especially in an integrated class where reading authentic texts is an important part of the class.
I created an activity this last week with a similar idea to the above mentioned activities but with a different twist. It’s nice to have variety in the activities we do in class. The one thing I really like about this new version is that for each round, students will be doing a different task that has them unpack the passage in a different way, which can also help to reduce the repetition of a multi-round activity.
Here’s how to set up the activity:
- Select 6 key passages from a text. Copy the page and cut out just the passage.
- Take 11X17 pieces of paper and divide them into six equal squares. Label each square round 1, 2, 3, etc.
- Tape one passage on the center of each piece of paper.
- Put students into groups, and tell them that they will get 7 minutes each round to read and discuss the passage and then complete a task unique to each round.
- After each round, rotate the papers to a new group and display a new task (I used slides for this).
The rounds I did are as follows:
Round 1: Read, discuss, and add vocabulary about the passage / explanation for any confusing sentences/parts of the passage.
Round 2: Read, discuss, and write a 15 – 20 word summary of the passage.
Round 3: Read, discuss, and write down some connections/examples you can make about the passage.
Round 4: Read, discuss, and write at least two discussion questions related to the general topic of the passage. They don’t have to be about the passage itself. They can be extension questions.
Round 5: Read, discuss, and answer the questions from round 4.
Round 6: Read, discuss, and write your group’s opinion(s) about this passage.