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Reading Packets

Found in: language arts; phonics; reading comprehension

I have my students make a packet with four sections called predicting, clarifying, questioning, and summarizing to use as we read novels. One day I might have them make a prediction and the next day, I might have them clarify a word by sounding it out using phonics or decoding the meaning by using context clues. In the questioning section of the packet, they write down questions about the novel to ask the class. Lastly, in the summarizing section, we practice writing the main points of the story rather than writing every detail. This seems to help my students understand and recall what they've read. They really enjoy pretending to be the teacher as they ask their classmates questions about the story.


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