Reading Activities

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Using Bloom's Taxonomy (Source unknown)


Recognise, Describe, Identify, Retrieve, Name…

  • Make a list of the main events of the story
  • Make a timeline of events
  • Make a facts chart
  • Write a list of the pieces of information you can remember
  • Make a chart showing the events of the story
  • Write an acrostic poem
  • Name all the characters in the story
  • List the animals in the story


Interpret, Exemplify, summarise, Paraphrase, Explain, Classify, Compare

  • Cut out or draw pictures to show a particular event
  • Illustrate what you think the main idea may have been
  • Draw a cartoon strip showing the sequence of events
  • Make a colouring book
  • What do you think could have happened next?
  • Write and perform a play based on the story
  • Retell the story in your won words
  • Write a summary report of the event
  • Prepare a flow chart to illustrate the sequence of events
  • Explain why a character acted the way the did


Implement, Carry Out, Use

  • Construct a model to show how it works
  • Make a diorama to illustrate an event
  • Make a scrapbook about the text
  • Make a model to include relevant information about an event
  • Make a story map for part of the story
  • Take collections of photographs to demonstrate a particular point
  • Make up a puzzle game
  • Paint a famiiar scene from the story
  • Write a textbook about this topic for others


Compare, Attribute, Organise, Deconstruct

  • Which events could not have happened?
  • What do you see as other possible outcomes?
  • What was the turning point in the story?
  • Design a questionnaire to gather information
  • Write an advert to sell a new product
  • Make a flow chart ot show the critical stages
  • Construct a graph to illustrate selected information
  • Make a family tree showing relationships
  • Devise a play about the topic
  • Prepare a report about the area of study


Check, critique, Judge, Hypothesis

  • Is there a better solution to…?
  • Was the main character a good or bad person? Why?
  • List 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses of the main character or plot
  • Conduct a debate about an issue from the book
  • Make a booklet about 5 rules you see as important. Convince others
  • What changes would you make to turn the bad guy into the hero?
  • How would you rate this book and recommend it to others?


Design, Construct, Plan, Produce

  • Invent a machine to do a specific task from the story
  • Create a new product based on your story. Give it a name and plan a marketing campaign
  • Design a CD, book or magazine cover for the story
  • Write about your feelings in relation to the story
  • Rewrite the ending of the story changing it from happy to sad or vice versa
  • Compose a song relating to part of the story
  • Rewrite the story, changing it to a fantasy or futuristic setting

Open Mind

Draw an empty head and inside it draw any symbols, words or images that are bouncing around in the mind of the character of a story. Follow up with writing or discussion to explain and explain responses.



Interrogation (or Hot Seat)

A student comes up before the class and pretends to be a character or author, and answers questions from the class.

Post its

Make notes on post it notes while reading and place into workbook.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Acting as a reporter, ask the students the basic questions to facilitate a discussion: who, what, where, why, when, how?


When reading a textbook or article, try this strategy:

(S) Survey- the assigned text by skimming

(Q) Questions- by turning all chapter headings and subheadings into questions to answer as you read

(R) Read- the assigned text and try to answer as you read

(R) Recite- the information by turning away from the text as soon as you've finished reading the assigned text and reiterate it in your own words

(R) Review- what you read by going back to your questions, the chapter headings, and asking yourself what they are all referring to, what they mean.



Put a character or other word in the middle of a web. Have students brainstorm associations while you write them down. Then have the students make connections between ideas and discuss or writing about the,



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Cultural Literacy

Findout what students already know and address what they need to know before reading a story or certain part of a story.

*Assessment for Learning


Individually, or in groups, create a storyboard for the chapter of a story.



Interactive story

Have the students create a multimedia, interactive version of the story.


Cyber Guides

Search the web for virtual tours based on the books you are studying.

Google Earth

Google Maps


The students create a still life setting from the text. Ask a member of the audience to touch a character, who comes to life and talks from their perspective about the scene.

Audio Book

Listen to an audio version of the text.

The teacher can make audio versions for students with reading difficulties.

Students can make an audio book, reading the text and adding illustrations.

Sound Off

Play a video version of the text, with the sound off, Have the students narrate, discuss, or write about what is happening, what the actors are revealing about the story through their gestures. Then compare what you saw with what your read.

Narrate your own story

Model how you read a text by reading it aloud and interrupting yourself to explain how you grapple with it as you go (Think Aloud).

Magnetic Poetry

Enlarge a poem and cut up all words into pieces, place the words in an envelope, have groups create poems from these words. Discuss using same words for different texts.

Venn Diagram

Use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast books and characters.

*making connections

Write and Essay

Write an essay in which you make meaningful connections between the text and your own experiences, or other texts you have read.

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