Week 1 - Powerful Brains
I want to help you become a better reader. With the help of Adrienne Gear’s book Reading Power: Teaching Students to Think While They Read, I am going to take you on a journey that will help you to improve your reading comprehension. Adrienne’s Reading Powers model shows us how to use 5 “powers” to become better readers. The 5 powers are: connect, question, visualize, infer and transform. I am going to begin with connect.
When we learn, read, observe, listen or speak we have a voice that talks to us inside out head. It is our thinking voice and other people can’t hear it. It is amazing how we can listen to this voice at the same time as we do other things but it comes automatically.
I want you to listen and watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvDPvlDdknE
You may want to listen to this video a couple of times.
Your job is to listen to your thinking voice! I want you to put a thumb up if you think of a connection you have to the story.
Focus on the story. You can connect to the picture, the story, a character and a feeling.
This is what I was thinking about the book:
Mr. Gee is like my grade 7 teacher Mr. Humphrey! Only, instead of music, Mr. Humphrey read poems in a way I knew poems could be written or read. And the meanings to the poems gave me direction and an idea of who I am and was grow up to be. Mr. Humphrey was an amazing teacher.
Read and listen to some of these books and think about the connections you make.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdhOtbEGec This is a bit long but a great old story!
As you listen and watch the story you picked, I want you to pause the video and tell someone about the connection you made to the story.
Read or listen to more books on Tumblebooks through our Salt Spring Island Public Library home page. Talk to someone after you read and tell them about your connections. If you want to you can even call me or write down and share your connections you made with a story.
Keep practicing this and listen to your thinking.
Start your own journal to write about your thinking. This helps you become a really, really, good reader!