I am sure we all remember the one class we had to take while in school that we felt was useless. Mine was Teaching Reading in the Content Area. I probably had a hatred of it because it was late at night, seemed not to apply to me and the teacher wrote the book. (I am always skeptical of that…) However, recently I remembered that we learned about creating reading guides, and I thought that they could be useful in my class. I decided to create some reading guides for shorter stories in addition to a novel.
When I used the story, I put the questions next to the passages on the paper. In my other reading guide (for the novel), I indicated what page each question was located. Students had to read along and answer questions as they did. Some of the questions I included were:
- Definitions of important words to help them understand the story
- Comprehension questions
- A map to locate places in the story
- Opinion questions
- Main ideas of the text
I also would aim to make sure that you do not include too many questions and definitions to crowd the page. I noticed that it made my students more self-sufficient and helped them understand the text well. Have you used reading guides? What do you include on your guides? (Also what was your worst class in teaching school?!) I have included my Chapter 1 Noche de Oro guide below as an example.