Reflective Reading Activities for Middle School

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Engage your middle school students in these activities to help them practice reflective reading. These team exercises can help you guide them in developing visualization, note-taking, and paraphrasing skills.

Reflective Reading

Using these reflective reading skill exercises will help you engage your middle school students in building up their reflective reading muscles. Each of the activities is designed to be used with student teams or partners. Each one also has a debrief portion that asks students to record their learning in a paragraph style. In this way, students solidify their learning and can move forward with confidence the next time they use the strategy. These activities can help students work on visualization, notetaking, and paraphrasing.

Visualization Boards

In this activity, you can guide your students through a visualizing exercise that will keep them both engaged and thinking. First, read an example descriptive paragraph aloud to the class. Ask them to jot down a few words that caught their attention. Read the paragraph again. Have students add to the word list and draw a diagram or illustration to match what they heard.

Provide a limited length of time for sketching so that students do not overly focus on the artistic part of the assignment. Ask them to focus on inclusion of the main components of the descriptive paragraph. If it describes a sunset on a beach, the students may have written down: beach, sand, sun, waves, and seagull. They should try to incorporate each item from their list into their sketch and add more details as they recall them.

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