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Investigating your reading habits

This activity asks secondary students to record and analyze the types of reading they do. It encourages them to share this information, first with a partner, and then with the entire class. Next, they analyze how often they read the types of text that they listed. Finally, the students write a reflective piece on their reading habits which also may be shared with others.

English/language arts teachers would want to use this “think-pair-share” activity at the beginning of the school year or at the beginning of a new semester.

Please note that I have included an ADULT example to serve as a model for the TEEN version. First, the teacher would take the students through the process using the adult model and then ask the students to complete the student version.

Some benefits of using this activity

Using this activity encourages students to think about and talk about their reading habits.

By modeling the ADULT example, you are “breaking the ice” and starting a metacognitive conversation about reading with your students. This discussion also helps to establish a safe reading environment in your classroom.

This activity will give you insights into your students' reading habits and their attitudes toward reading. This information should help you develop your reading-related lessons and assessments throughout the year.

Investigating Your Reading Habits

Name____________________________   Date________________   Hour__________

I. List as many types of reading as you can that teens do both in and out of school.

1. ___________________________                 11.__________________________

2. ___________________________                 12. _________________________

3. ___________________________                 13. __________________________

4. ___________________________                 14.__________________________

5. ___________________________                 15. __________________________

6. ___________________________                 16. ___________________________

7. ___________________________                 17. ___________________________

8. ___________________________                 18. ___________________________

9. ___________________________                 19. ___________________________

10. ___________________________                20. ___________________________


II. Partner share: Share your list with someone sitting next to you. Add any new ideas here.



3. ____________________________




III. Group share: Share one or two ideas from either of your lists with the class. Be ready to provide specific examples if asked.

IV. Thinking about your reading:
Take a look at your lists. In front of each number, place one of the following symbols indicating how often you read that type of text.

F means I read this type of text frequently (every day to at least once a week).

S means I read this type of text sometimes (only once or twice a month).

R means I read this type of text rarely (only once or twice a year).

V. Analyze your reading habits: Count the number of symbols for each category and record in the spaces below.

F ________                         S ________                            R  ________

VI. Metacognitive log:  Write a paragraph to a friend, parent or teacher discussing your reading habits. Review your lists, the information in sections IV and V, and also discuss one piece of text that had an impact on you. Use the back of this page if you need more room.

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