The amount and level a person reads impacts reading comprehension, expanded vocabulary and even writing skills. If you’re having trouble sparking student interest in reading, consider incorporating video to draw students in and get the more excited.
Record students reading aloud
Well, this sounds a bit scary. Students already get anxiety when they have to read in aloud in class. And you’re thinking, how could having a video of it make it any better?
Often when students read aloud, they are just trying to get through the material. They don’t usually read fluently, taking the time to use proper expressions and pauses. While students could be a bit apprehensive about being recorded, help them understand the reason for the recording. The goal is for them to hear the difference between reading fluently and reading without truly paying attention to what’s happening in the text.
Over time, students will hear improvements in their reading that will make them more comfortable reading aloud and improve their overall reading comprehension.
Assign video book reports
Reading and writing are joined at the hip, so it only makes sense that whenever a student reads, there’s an associated writing assignment. Book reports are a great way to assess comprehension, critical thinking and of course, writing skills. But sometimes students dread the very thought of book reports.
Try building the excitement by incorporating video. Let students create a video book report instead of the traditional written report. Students can still be required to write a script with their video report, this way you are not totally omitting the written portion.
Take video breaks
Reading breaks are very necessary, and they usually come with more writing assignments like summary paragraphs. Switch it up for students and let them find videos that are related to the reading. Even though they aren’t writing a summary, you can still assess whether they are grasping the content by the videos they choose. Be sure to use a controlled search environment to keep students from exploring inappropriate videos.
Use a blog for online journaling
Some reading assignments require constant journaling, usually done at the end of each chapter. Students write a summary and turn it in each week, helping instructors keep students on task. Take journaling to the web by allowing students to maintain a personal blog for their journaling. In addition to their weekly posts, consider encouraging them to follow some of their classmates and interact by commenting on other blog posts.
Reading is fundamental. And as cliché as that sounds, it still holds very true. There truly is no way to succeed without reading skills. But that doesn’t mean that reading has to be approached the same way it was five decades ago. Use video in your reading assignments to get creative and encourage student engagement.