Promoting the Use of Comprehension Strategies through Letter Writing (Virtual Tour)
Stage of Literacy Development:
Stage 2: Consolidation / Fluency
Stage 3: Literacy for Growth
Reading Comprehension Strategies, Text Structures & Genres
Each week the students write a letter to me, in their Reader's Notebook, telling me about a book that they have read during Read to Self time. In their letter, they can talk about the story, they can make a summary, talk about characters, and make connections, as well as the language that the author uses. I then respond to them in a letter asking them further questions about the book that they are reading, or further connections that I am interested in. At the beginning of the year, we would make a chart together, that goes through different things that they can put in their letters addressed to me in their Reader's Notebooks.
The goal of Reader's Notebook: Promoting the Use of Comprehension Strategies through Letter Writing (Virtual Tour) is to use a method developed by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell to help students understand the structural features of letter writing and promote comprehension as they journal about stories they have read.
- Encourage students to continue discussing selected reading materials by asking specific questions about what they are reading.
- Keep your letters personal to each student.