Expanding Active Reading

posted Aug 12, 2014, 10:50 PM by karin.krisetya@faith.edu.ph
In 8th grade we have started off the year by delving into 'The Giver,' a Newbery Award winning book, written in 1993 by Lois Lowry.  As we have spent time reading in class I have heard audible comments such as "Wait....I don't get this," and "No!!!  They DO that?  How can they DO that?"  Some of those kinds of comments aren’t audible though.  Many such comments are being written onto little post-it notes, and then stuck on the pages of the book. These are our active reading notes.  Ask the 8th graders what kinds of things they are making notes on.  Their goal at the moment is to broaden the types of active reading notes they take, trying to include comments about the author’s use of vocabulary; statements about the introduction of new characters; and questions about possible themes.  We feel a little bad for the spines of some of these books which are being stressed out by the weight of all the notes.  But we are excited that our discussions and analysis of the book will be richer because of the extra time we took to actively read!