This page contains links to ideas and information for during reading/listening/viewing activities in Spanish.

Purposes of During Reading Activities


  • Apply reading strategies
  • Break up (scaffold) the text
  • Critically process the content/meaning of the text
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills
  • Evaluate comprehension


During Reading/Listening/Viewing Activity Ideas:

  • Checklists - Mark off items from a list when you hear them during the text

  • Choral Repetition - Chant a repeated phrase each time it comes up in the text

  • Cloze Passages - Fill in missing words while listening to or viewing a text (usually with targeted grammatical structures or vocabulary topics) (Here is a free tool you can use to generate cloze passages.)

  • Compare & Contrast - Students compare and contrast how two characters, situations, or texts are similar and different

  • Dramatize - Act out passages from the text

  • Drawing - Color or draw a picture according to the description in the text


  • Highlight - Mark unknown words/segments as they read, then after reading, pair up and guess meaning from context

  • I Have...Who has...? - Distribute one "domino-like" card to each student. The first student asks, "Who has...(insert the answer to the first question)?" The student who has the question that matches the answer that the first student read, responds with "I have (insert first question), who has (insert the answer to the second question)."

  • Illustrate - Illustrate an assigned chapter or segment from a text. Class then summarizes/retells the events which occurred using the illustrations as prompts

  • Journals - Jot down meaningful quotes from the text and react to them in journals; keep a journal from the perspective of one of the characters/speakers, write an explanation of an event from the point of view of another character, write letters among characters at critical points in the story

  • Manipulatives - Move items according to the action in the text (paper dolls, scenes, etc.)

  • Make Connections - Make connections between prior knowledge and content of the text

  • Maps - Draw a map as described in the text, map the story, trace a character's journey on a map

  • Opinion/Proof - Students make assertions or list personal opinions about a topic or text, then search the text for "proof" they can use to support their assertions

  • Paraphrase - Paraphrase sections of the text


  • Questions - Generate questions about the text




  • Say Something - Read silently until the end of a paragraph, then turn to a partner and say something (a comment, an example of what you read, an opinion, a personal experience, a question, etc.)

  • Scavenger Hunt - Locate key ideas, words, or evidence for a particular argument in the text


  • Semantic Feature Analysis - Students complete a chart with +/- to indicate whether or not the characteristics on the list are present for each character or text

  • Sequence - Sequence images or events from the text as they appear

  • Signal Cards - Hold up relevant images, objects, or words when they are described in the text


  • SQ4R - Students survey the text, ask questions about it, read, recite, relate the text to themselves, and review

  • Subtitles - Divide the text into structural segments and create a subtitle for each

  • Text Rendering Protocol - Students identify the sentence that means the most to them, then their favorite phrase, then their favorite word




  • Visualize - Visualize or illustrate portions of the text

  • Vocabulary Word Map