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30 Reading Activities TYCA Columbus 2011

30 Reading Activities TYCA Columbus 2011

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Published by Sybil Priebe
This is a booklet of 30 reading activities I've collected and plan to present on at TYCA 2011 in Ohio.
This is a booklet of 30 reading activities I've collected and plan to present on at TYCA 2011 in Ohio.

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Sybil Priebe, North Dakota State College of Science30 Reading ActivitiesTYCA-Midwest 2011sybil.priebe@ndscs.edumy links: www.delicious.com/scrible77my blog: www.xanga.com/teacher47
Part 1: Reading Activities.Part 2: Samples.Part 3: Brainstorming Your Own Reading Activities. 
 
 
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Flickr.comPixlr.com
READING ACTIVITY: F/P Image Creation
Idea: This activity visualizes the reading.Students will find an image that connectsto the quote/statement they find most interesting. Using the Creative Commonsarea of Flickr, they save the image andadd text (or a quote) by using Pixlr.com.From there, they could upload the imageto a LMS or Insert it into a document tobe handed in.
There’s a sample of thison the cover of the handout.
 
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Pen/Pencil orMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Facebook Status(es)
Idea: Students will create a Facebook status of the topic or person in thereading. Perhaps there will be commentsto that status by other people in thereading. {http://www.myfakewall.com}
See example at the end of thishandout for ideas.
 
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HandoutPen/Pencil
READING ACTIVITY: Self-Exam & T/F
Idea: The instructor will create a smallself-exam for the students to take pre-reading. This will prepare students forthe reading as well as see where theystand before they read. True/Falsequestions are best, but the self-examcould include short-answer. {I think thisidea was “stolen” from a previous TYCAconference session?}
 A sample of this isat the end of the handout.
 
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HandoutPen/Pencil
READING ACTIVITY: Passport!
Idea: No matter the pre-reading orreading activity, the students must cometo the next class prepared. This meanswhatever they needed to answer orcreate needs to be given to the teacher tocross over into the classroom.
They will need a Passport to enter the Country of Further Learning.
Without a passport,they can’t participate.
{Got from anFYE conferences.}
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HandoutPen/Pencil
READING ACTIVITY: Tweet from Your Seat
Idea: Bring the crazy brevity of Twitterinto the classroom by having students, in140 characters or less, sum up what theyread. This activity would be conductedafter they’ve read or, maybe, while theyare reading (?).
 A sample of this isshown at the end of the handout.
 {“Stolen” from Laura Grabrion at aprevious TYCA conference.}
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Pen/Pencil orMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Text Type-Up
Idea: Some students learn throughrepetition, and some also don’t like tomark up their textbooks. So, this activityasks students to type (or write) up apiece of the reading they’d like torespond to. After typing or writing upthe piece, they can then circle thingsthey don’t get or really find interesting.Instructors should specify word count and amount of questions to circle, etc.{An idea from an adjunct at our college.}
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Flickr.com/Animoto.com
READING ACTIVITY: Animoto Video Trailer
Idea: Just like how movies havepreviews, maybe discussions should too?This activity asks students to create atrailer or preview of the upcomingdiscussion by reading and then puttingrelated images and text intoAnimoto.com. Their 30-second videosare free and easy to use. From there,they could upload the URL to a LMS to beviewed in class.
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Prezi.com orPPT
READING ACTIVITY: Prezi/PPT
Idea: In order for the students to prepfor the upcoming discussion of thereading, have them create parts of thepossible discussion by putting together apiece such as a PowerPoint slide (orslides) or Prezi presentation. They couldupload those Prezis/PPTs to a specificarea in the LMS in order for theinstructor to pop them up on the bigscreen in class.
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MS PPTFlickr Images
READING ACTIVITY: Visual Definition
Idea: Students naturally increase theirvocabulary by reading, so this activityasks them to pick a specific amount of words to create visual definitions of.Each slide = new word made visual withimages, stories, quotes from the reading,definitions, etc.
 An example of this isshown at the end of the handout.
 
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MS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Create a Quiz
Idea: In order to create a quality quiz,you need to know the material. {ASpanish teacher I met has students whomiss his tests create the test, and theyrarely miss now because puttingtogether a Spanish test is harder thanjust taking one!} This could be done inmany different courses. The instructorcould ask for a few levels of difficulty aswell.
 
 
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Comp LabMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Speed Dating 
Idea: This activity needs to be completedin a computer lab. Essentially, on eachcomputer screen, a question would bedisplayed. Each student would type intheir response. Each student would beasked to respond differently than thestudent before him/her. This activitywould be timed as well usinghttp://www.online-stopwatch.com/.
 
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Web AccessMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Welcome to the Buffet
Idea: Students could get a few different options as to what to do while reading.Maybe they can create: a) a Timeline, b)a Chart, or c) Tweet from their Seat.
Seethe example at the end of thishandout for ideas.
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Pen/PencilMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: “How To…” Guide
Idea: After students have read, ask themto become an expert on something in thereading material. From there, theywould create a step-by-step guide on thetopic. If they read something about Buddhism, perhaps they would have towrite a guide on how to be a goodfollower of Buddhism, for example.
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Pen/PencilMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: (Fake) Interview
Idea: Students could either be requiredto interview someone about what they’ve read or they could create adocument which shows a fake interviewwith the author about the piece.
 Anextended example of this can befound at the end of the handout.
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Pen/PencilMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Survey the Masses
Idea: After students read, they wouldconduct a survey of those around them(f2f or email or Facebook) about thetopic(s) covered in the piece. Theywould report their findings at the next class time.
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Pen/PencilMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Reconstruction!
Idea: After reading, have the studentsreconstruct parts of the text into chunks.Calling them stanzas may scare them,but basically that’s what they are. Slicesof the text, fragments, put into poeticbite size bits.
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Pen/PencilMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Dear Some Dude/Advice
Idea: Have the students write a letter tothe author of the piece.OR mimic a “Dear Abby” column that isrelated to the piece read.
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Pen/Pencil
READING ACTIVITY: Scavenger Hunt
Idea: If the instructor wants students tofind certain ideas or topics in the piece,ask them to do so before they read. Havethem keep a list of quotes, perhaps, that give details of the topic, etc.
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Pen/PencilMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Jeopardy
Idea: While reading, have studentscreate Jeopardy questions or maybe awhole game with points assigned (200level questions versus 400 levelquestions). What would be the questionthat players would bet $$$ on? Thesecould be placed on the board in class &used for discussion?
 A student samplemay be shown in the presentation.
 
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Pen/PencilMS Word
READING ACTIVITY: Do you know your ABCs?
Idea: Students will create a table in MSWord and place all 26 letters down thefar left column. From there, they have tofind things in the reading that pertain toeach letter. For instance, while readingabout Buddhism, they would talk about the Afterlife in the corresponding A row.
 A sample of this is found at the end of the handout.
 

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