I am so excited to be sharing this next resource with you because it has been on my plate for months and to finally have it uploaded and available to you makes me so happy: My Reading Strategy Brochures.
Many of you know and have tried my Bloom's Brochures and based on your positive feedback, I started this year off with some general reading strategies to get all of my kiddos on the same page.
If you haven't seen my brochures before, click HERE for a video walk-through of the Bloom's version, although they are all set up very similarly but with different prompts.
The six general reading strategies I teach are:
Each brochure comes with a place for your student's name and the title of the text they are reading, as well as the strategy they will be practicing on the front. The packet comes with color and black & white versions, so don't worry about your ink with this one :)
I used the word "text" instead of "book" as often as I could in these guys, since I will use these with short texts and one-page stories, especially with my lower readers. These are all geared toward fiction, so there are lots of questions and prompts around characters, setting, conflict & resolution, etc.
There are so many ways to use these brochures, please know these ways are just the tip of the iceberg!
- I loved to use them in Teacher Time small groups and would even have the kids use these brochures as bookmarks once we were into chapter books. You can start off with everyone filling in the same brochure and then move to having each member of the group filling in a different brochure on the same text. This approach also leads into some fantastic literature circle options, since each student already has his/her own unique strategy to add to the discussion.
- These brochures are also fantastic for Daily 5 accountability, since students can fill them in for any book they are reading. They are short and easy to understand, plus with five different activities per strategy, they are perfect for a Monday-Friday assignment.
- If you are looking for a quick assessment or to gauge where your students are with any of these strategies, these are engaging and non-test-like, so you will be getting some great feedback to inform your instruction without feeling like it was assessment :)
- After your students are familiar with the strategies, or for a mid-year refresher, you could send these home as homework. They are easy for parents to understand, quick enough that they won't take up a full evening, and complement the reading your students are doing, as opposed to feeling like one additional assignment to add to the pile. Plus, they work with any fiction book, so your high readers and low readers will all be able to practice these strategies effectively.
I hope this resource can help and that the ideas above started you thinking about how limitless these are in your reading instruction.
Have a wonderful three-day weekend! Happy President's Day!