Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sharing Books

Children want to talk about the books they read. To help them share, talk, and tell about the books they read you may want to give these activities (modify each activity to fit your class needs or meet its level) :

After you read a book to your class, you may discuss it by asking your students to answer the following questions (you may want to print these questions as a hand-out or post in on a chart as guide questions after reading a book):

1. Where and when does the story take place?
2. Who are the main characters?
3. What is one of the characters like?
4. Who is your favorite character? Why?
5. Which part of the story do you like best?
6. How do you feel about the end of the story?
7. Would you recommend this book to others to read?
8. What do you remember most about this book?

You may want to put your students in pair. Let partners choose one book to read to each other. Ask each pair to prepare a skit depicting their favorite part of the story and have it presented to the class. After their presentation, the class may ask the pair questions from the guide questions in the hand-out.

After reading several books to your class, have each student choose one of the main characters to portray. The class asks the student portraying a character questions from the guide questions in the hand-out.

Put children in five groups. Assign each group one of the first five questions from the guide questions. Have each group draw a large picture to answer each question and later on to have their work shared with the class.

Individual Work- After reading a book, help each student put together a five page booklet to answer the first five questions from the guide questions.

Use a puppet to tell the story; or have a puppet to portray one of the characters of the story and have the class ask it questions.

Ask your class to tell the beginning, middle, and ending of the story. Put your students in small groups and let them illustrate each part of the story and accompany it with lines summarizing each part.

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