This post ties in with the Paragraph Attack video I posted a couple days ago. Paragraph Attack is a series of steps I have my students use every time they read a passage that includes comprehension questions. Many of my students are ESOL or EIP and reading below grade level. Using these steps provides them with a strategy for making meaning of reading passages. You can find the original post and the steps HERE.
In order to make the Paragraph Attack strategy a routine and improve confidence with high level reading passages, I feel it’s important to encourage students to use Paragraph Attack with every reading comprehension passage we use.
Sometimes though, our reading passages aren’t in worksheet format–they’re in books, and you get in trouble if you write in books! I give my students modified page protectors and a fine tipped dry erase marker to use in place of their pencils. Cut off one long side of the page protector, slip it over the book page, and mark up the passage with no worries! (You can also use the clear overhead projector sheets, but I found that they slip around much more than the page protectors, and students get frustrated.)
Clicking on the pics will bring you to this article on my other website, which has suggestions for where to find page protectors and fine tipped dry erase markers. Happy reading!