Strategies to Improve Student Reading
“Students complete a four-part interpretation worksheet. They first read an assigned text and record three notes about it on their worksheet. The notes should demonstrate attentive reading. The students and teacher discuss the reading and their ideas in class. For the next class, students read what a contemporary commentator writes about the text and they add three more notes to their worksheet. Their in-class discussion focuses on forming connections between their initial observations and those of the commentator. In preparation for the third class discussion, the students read a pre-modern interpretation of the text and add three more comments on their worksheet. They complete the worksheet with three final observations in which they integrate their thinking, class discussion and the commentaries on the text.
If time prevents that kind of frequency in your course, it could be used more intermittently or used at the beginning of the course to showcase the kind of careful reading skills required to be successful. It’s a great strategy for demonstrating how understanding of a reading changes and deepens when it’s read and thought about more than once.”