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Experience A Text


Many students struggle to engage with texts, and even if they understand the content, they do not care about what they are reading and do not become immersed in it. For these students, reading is a chore to be avoided if possible, and deep enjoyment and appreciation of text is impossible. The skill of experiencing a text helps guide students towards a deeper level of engagement, which leaves them better able to enjoy and understand what they read.


When students are able to experience a text, they become more engaged with the reading process, and come to care more deeply about what they are reading. They also become better able to learn in formal settings as well as independently. Through the process of experiencing a text, students are often able to arrive at a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the text.

Content Area Adaptations 

This skill is applicable across the content areas, whenever students are reading a substantial piece of text. Teachers should be creative with the application of this skill, since it can often enliven the study of mathematical or scientific concepts as well as the study of a novel or historical period.

Learning Strategies 

  • Connecting
  • Inferring
  • Questioning
  • Synthesizing
  • Visualizing

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.L.5
  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.R.3
  • CCRA.R.6
  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.3
  • CCRA.W.1
  • CCRA.W.3

Content Areas 

  • ELA
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Learning Strands 

  • Listening
  • Numeracy
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing

Movie Poster

Movie Poster is an activity where students create a poster about a text that includes a main graphic image, a tagline, and a quote from a critical review. Each element of the movie poster should be selected carefully and deliberately to accurately represent the text. This activity is used to gauge a reader’s ability to make sense of the...

Lesson Plan Stages 

  • Synthesis

Re-Creating Text

This activity encourages reading comprehension by helping students to engage with text both emotionally and cognitively. Students are asked to re-create a text in another medium: a song, poem, play, film, or piece of visual art. This re-creation process helps students to process both the meaning and the intention of the text in a novel way, and...

Lesson Plan Stages 

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis

Scene it

In this activity students will visualize and draw events from a text. The purpose of this activity is to help students remember what they read. This activity is best completed at the end of a reading or after a revealing moment in the text that was built up over time.

Lesson Plan Stages 

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis