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.
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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