To ensure that my students are reaping all the benefits of this small reading group, I thought it would be fun to teach the students one new reading strategy each week! Our first reading strategy ever is Character Webs. The purpose of Character Webs is to help the students get to know the characters a little better! For this strategy, the students must pick a character from the story, and determine traits and qualities that the character possesses. The students must also find a specific example from the text to support this example. The key to Character Webs being a successful reading strategy is to model, model, model! The students were so engaged in the entire process! They were eager to look back in the book for examples and they even wanted to keep working on the Character Webs after our time was up!
This strategy is great for readers at any grade, age, or reading level! It builds on comprehension skills and text connections. Don't be afraid to give it a try!