Vocabulary Word Activities

Use the word in an original sentence.

Find and learn the definition of the word.

Know how to pronounce the word.

Which parts of speech are the word used as (e.g. noun, verb)?

What are other forms of the word such as plurals or tenses?

What are synonyms of the word?

What are antonyms of the word?

What is the origin or etymology of the word?

What words rhyme with this word?

Close Reading

Reading for meaning and understanding*Read passage slowly*

1. Circle any unfamiliar vocabulary and look up the definition. Does the definition make sense in context?

2. Underline any language that attracts your attention. Why did you find it interesting? Note your reasons.3. Verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs (highlight in different

3. Verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs (highlight in different colours/what do you notice? are there patterns, comments on your findings)

4. Predictions. What might happen next? Why?

5. Opinions and Reflections. What do you think of the story, narrator, characters?

6. Connections (TEXT, SELF, WORLD). Does the reading remind you about your own experiences? Books? Movies? What are the similarities?

7. Ask questions. Focus on open questions.

8. What are the key themes reflected in the passage?


Before Reading

What do you think will happen?

What do you think it will be about?

Why did you choose it?

What do you hope for?

During Reading

What’s happening?

What are the important facts?

What is surprising you?

What is confusing you?

What questions are you asking yourself?

After Reading?

What happened in the story? What was the text about?

What was awesome?

What didn’t you like?

What confused you?

What is the big idea?

What did you learn?

What were the characters like?

What was the most important part?


Words, Sentences, Drawings, Pictures you paste in, Diagrams, Symbols

Literature Circles

A literature circle is a group that reads a novel together. Each member of the group takes turns assuming the following roles:

Discussion Director

Decide on 3 or more questions that would be interesting to discuss in the next literature circle.

Be sure to answer them yourself.


Create a picture of one moment from the part you were assigned. You can draw it or create a collage.

Be ready to explain why you chose it, why you made it look the way it does.


Write and read a 5-8 sentence summary of the part you were assigned.

Vocabulary Enricher

Find at least 5 words that are: • interesting
• new
• fascinating
• unique
• difficult
Be ready to share what they are, why you selected them, and what they mean.


Look for and record at least 3 connections you made during and after reading the part. Think about:

•Connections to your own life experience
•Connections to the world
•Connections to other books, media, or art.

Literary Luminary

As you read the text, look for a memorable event, a thought-provoking idea, or an interesting or humorous quote. Record the location of the passage and the reason you chose it.

Read the passage to your group, explain why you chose it, and lead a discussion about it.