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Offline Kathy Dongyao

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Using pre-writing activities for pre-reading
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:33:02 PM »
In class, we were introduced to some pre-writing activities such as cubing, clustering, brainstorming, listing and free writing. I think these activities are also good for pre-reading. One primary goal of pre-reading is to activate the students' schema, and using pre-writing activities for pre-reading can help achieve this goal. Before we assign an article for the students to read, for example, we could have them look at the title and relevant pictures of the article to predict the content of the article. If there's a key word in the article, such as "space junk" in "Europe explores ideas to clean up space junk", we could have the students cube, brainstorm or list things they can come up with regarding the key word.
Naturally, if the pre-writing activities are used for pre-reading, a post-reading activity could be to have the students expand their ideas after they have read the article, based on what write their own essays regarding the topic. We could also encourage them to use the vocabulary or concepts they learned in the article in their own writing.