Reading to Enhance Active Learning

Techniques and tools to enhance active learning through reading

Reading Strategies

Before students start to read, you can and should prepare them for what may be a challenging and intimidating experience. You can give them some assistance by:

  1. Quizzing them to get a sense of what they know
  2. You can give them fun activities to determine the structure of the book (Try a scavenger hunt)
  3. You can give them companions to help them navigate the textbook (A breakdown of the structure or a reading companion)
  4. You can give them easy charts to follow on technique such as the SQ3R-W which will help them understand the process of reading.

Active reading has stages and each can have an activity to get students to engage with the text


  • KWL Chart
  • Anticipation Guide
  • Chaper Preview

    During reading

  • Fill-In-The-Blanks
  • Think Aloud
  • Annotating Text
  • Student generated questions
  • CompareContrastdocx

    Post reading

  • Write a summary
  • Concept Map
  • Word Map