As part of “schoolifying CI,” here are two more follow-up activities in addition to Read & Summarize and the ole’ standby, Read & Translate:
Read & React (or Listen & React)
Students react to narrative events. You could choose a variety of prompts, having students respond to a certain number, etc. based on your class needs. Here’s a selection from Novella Month, which for me is now going to end the school year instead of occupying the February weeks before break. I’ve selected 5-8 of these, and given “respond to 2” etc. instructions depending on scope of text and time:
- What could make the story better for you? Is there anything missing?
- What other story does this remind you of? How did that connection help you understand the story better?
- How are you alike, or different from any of the characters in the story?
- How does this story make you feel? When have you felt that way in your life?
- What is a message, or lesson in this story? Could it help you, personally, in life?
- What can you figure out that isn’t directly in the book? What clues did you use to figure that out?
- Why do you think the character(s) acted the way they did?
- What do the character'(s)’ choices, or actions tell you about them?
- What is the mood, or tone of this story? What makes you say that?
- How did the character(s) change during the story?
- What traits do the character(s) have? What clues in the story make you believe that?
- What questions do you still have? What are you wondering? What would you like to know more about?
- What would you like to ask one of the characters?
- If you were to reread this, what would you be trying to figure out the second time?
- What are the most important parts of the story [so far]?
- What do you want to remember after reading this story?
Read & Reflect
Unlike responding to prompts about the narrative, this reflection focuses on the reading experience itself:
- Describe how easy or hard it felt to read the text. Why do you think it felt that way? What was it about the text or your reading that made it easier or harder for you?
- How many times do you think you flipped to the glossary in the back?
- Did you look up the same word more than once?
- Which kinds of words do you think you looked up the most? Were they names of places? Were they tiny words that can’t really be drawn, like the word “however?” Were they shorter words? Longer? Actions? Descriptions?
- What might be a way that today’s reading has made you a better reader? Is your mind making new connections? Did it strengthen ones already formed? Did you notice anything different?
- Were there any signs today that your reading has improved? What might they be?
- Did you accomplish much during reading today? Why or why not? What might have caused that?
Listen & Reflect
For listening, the prompts can be slightly different, recognizing that a lot of the experience is out of the student’s control (vs. reading):
- Describe how easy or hard it was to listen and follow along in the text. Why do you think it felt that way? What was it that made it easier or harder for you?
- How often did you have to skip reading words/phrases you didn’t understand in order to not get behind with the audio?
- Did the same kind of unknown words come up more than once?
- What might be a way that today’s listening has made you better at understanding Latin?
- Were there any signs today that your understanding has improved? What might they be?