Beat the Heat, Read, and Repeat
A guide to your child's reading in the summer
Step 1: Choose an engaging and age appropriate book
Some of my favorites are the following:
Gym Candy-Carl Deuker
Looking for Alaska-John Green
To shake up his play-it-safe, stay-at-home lifestyle, Florida teenager Miles "Pudge" Halter convinces his parents to let him attend a coed boarding school in Alabama. There he becomes instant friends with Chip, his edgy roommate, and with Chip's friend, the sexy, daring, and impossibly beautiful Alaska Young.
Step 3: Set aside a time for your child to read every day.
Step 4: Pick one reading comprehension to do per day
- Make connections
- Clarify/Ask Questions
Step 5: Implement making connections
Text-to-Self: How can you relate to this story? Have you ever felt the way X does?
Text-to-World: How does this story relate to ‘a current event’?
Have your child fill out the graphic organizers and then spend 5 minutes discussing what they wrote.
Step 6: Implement Summarize
Instruction in summarizing helps students:
- Identify or generate main ideas
- Connect the main or central ideas
- Eliminate unnecessary information
- Remember what they read
Step 7: Implement Visualize
When you visualize as you read:
Create images in your mind based on what you read.
Use the descriptive words to help you
“make a movie in your mind”
Think about each of the five senses to help you form an image.
Afterwards, share what you “see” in your mind with others.
Step 8: Implement Predict
In order to make an accurate and appropriate prediction:
Use what you’ve learned from the reading to help you figure out what may happen next.
Listen out for “clues” provided by the author.
Read chapter titles and look at any pictures to help you
Step 9: Implement Clarify/Ask a Question
By generating questions, children become aware of whether they can answer the questions and if they understand what they are reading. Children learn to ask themselves questions that require them to combine information from different segments of text. For example, Children can be taught to ask main idea questions that relate to important information in a text.
Step 10: Discuss, Discuss, Discuss
Before your child reads a book, ask:
- Why did you select this book?
- What makes you think this book is going to be interesting?
- What do you think the book is going to be about?
- Does this book remind you of anything you've already read or seen?
- What kind of characters do you think will be in the book?
- What do you think is going to happen?
While your child is reading a book, try asking:
- Will you catch me up on the story? What's happened so far?
- What do you think will happen next?
- If you were that character, what would you have done differently in that situation?
- If the book was a TV show, which actors would you cast in it?
- Where is the book set?
- If the main character in that story lived next door, would you guys be friends?
- What does the place look like in your head as you read? Would you want to visit there?
- Did you learn any new words or facts so far?
After your child has finished a book, ask questions like:
- What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
- Who was your favorite character? Why?
- What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?
- Why do you think the author wrote this book?
- Would you have ended the book differently? Did it end the way you thought it would?
- Did the problem of the book's plot get solved?
- If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?