This page contains ideas for post-reading/listening/viewing activities.

Purposes of Post-reading Activities:
  • Analyze text
  • Briefly summarize text
  • Consolidate and organize information to improve memory
  • Develop syntheses of information
  • Extend learning through application, creative production, interpersonal communication, and evaluation


Check Comprehension



  • Big Books
  • Class tell-a-story
  • Comprehension activities (created by students)
  • Dialogue journals between students posing as characters
  • Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Modern version
  • New ending
  • Newspaper article or newscast about the events or characters from the story
  • Play
  • Poem
  • Puppet Show
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Skit sacks--small groups create skits based on sacks of props given to them
  • Story map in a group—another group must retell the story based on the story map
  • Smoosh books
  • Table Talk--students write dinner party dialog between characters
  • Time Capsule
  • Video
  • Write from a different perspective/point of view
  • Write own story using similar plot or style (clone story)

Organize & Synthesize Information

  • Cause and effect worksheet
  • Character comparisons/maps
  • Compare different versions or stories with similar plots using Venn diagrams
  • Pattern Puzzles - Categorize, classify, organize, and sort ideas from the text
  • Text Rendering Protocol - Students identify the sentence that means the most to them, then their favorite phrase, then their favorite word
  • Thesis/Proof - Students note the thesis, find supporting and refuting proof in the text, then write their own opinion
  • Three, Two, One
  • Venn Diagram (2, 3, with summary)

Summarize Text