This list of 10 creative ways to work with reading texts was kindly shared by Churchill House, and is available for public download on their website www.churchillhouse.co.uk.
The web is a great source of textual information, but if you are like us, you won’t have the time or inclination to spend hours turning pages from the web into complete lesson plans with worksheets, handouts etc. So here are our top ten ideas for taking ANY text and using it in class with the least amount of preparation time on your part. Enjoy!
EXPAND THE TEXT
With short, simple texts, get students to add an adjective in front of every noun / an adverb to every verb etc.
REDUCE THE TEXT
Get students to reduce the text to EXACTLY (100) words OR reduce the total number of sentences by (50%).
RECONSTRUCT THE TEXT
Before class, write a list of key words from the text in jumbled order on a sheet of paper. Make one copy for each group of students.
Before class, get a heavy black pen and cross out the first sentence of each paragraph. (If you downloaded the page off the web, use your word processor to delete the sentences before printing.)
TRANSFORM THE TEXT
Students must transform the text in some way, for example:
Copy the text onto a piece of A4 paper. Tear off a column (say 4cm wide) down the left hand side of the copy and a similar sized column off the right hand side. Photocopy and hand out the remaining “middle” part of the story. Students must work together to deduce the whole story from the bits they have. Hand out the original story for comparison at the end.
Hand out the chosen text to the class. Give them time to read it, check new words etc.
Before class, find (15) useful word partnerships in your chosen text. Write the first word of each partnership down the left-hand side of a piece of paper.
Before class, prepare a list of sentences along the following lines:
TALK ABOUT THE TEXT
One of the things we often do in real life is tell someone else about a story / news item / magazine article etc that we read.
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