Below are various strategies you can use while reading to improve your comprehension:
Alphaboxes can be completed as you read the book by placing words that relate to the letter and reading in each box. It is OK to have more than one word in each box. I am sure all your Alphaboxes will be full when you finish the book!
Use an online chart to match the character traits of a character in a book with specific actions the character takes. Compile a list of powerful adjectives supported with details from the reading. Print your chart for your notes.
Follow this pattern:
Line 1: Your character's first name
Line 2: Four words that describe your character
Line 3: Brother or sister of...
Line 4: Lover of...(three ideas or people)
Line 5: Who feels...(three ideas)
Line 6: Who needs...(three ideas)
Line 7: Who gives...(three ideas)
Line 8: Who fears...(three ideas)
Line 9: Who would like to see...
Line 10: Resident of
Line 11: His or her last name
In at least one of the lines refer to some symbol in the book that helps describe the personality, emotions, or actions of the character featured in your poem.
Many of you have read To Kill a Mockingbird and know the characters in that novel. Here's a sample bio poem featuring Scout as the main character.
Tomboy, brave, intelligent, loving
Sister of Jem
Lover of justice, chewing gum, reading, and Alabama summers
Who feels outrage when her dad is maligned, happiness when school is over, and fright on a dark Halloween night.
Who needs her dad's acceptance, Jem's loyalty, and Dill's admiration
Who gives friendship easily, black eyes to cousins, and sassy words to Calpurnia
Who fears Boo's dark house, owls in the night, and giving her open palms to the teacher
Who would like to see all mockingbirds sing freely whether they are creatures of flight, shy neighbors, or kind handymen
Resident of Maycomb, Alabama
Another way to improve your understanding of the piece of literature we are reading is to consider other people's ideas and begin a DIALECTIC.
Sticky Notes Strategy
Put sticky notes on the text as you are reading.
Use them for :
Sum-ups - Write down what just happened. For example, "George just stole cookies from the cookie jar."
Predictions - Guess what will happen next in the story. For example, "George may get grounded if his parents find out."
Questions - Write down what you are wondering. For example, "What does 'justice' mean?" Or, "I don't understand this part."