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Interactive Tools for Reading Comprehension

These online resources are great for literacy practice and provide opportunities to work with ideas in independent reading texts, shared reading texts, etc.

In-Text Strategies for Determining and Summarizing Important Ideas

ReadWriteThink: Circle Plot Diagram—This tool can be used as a graphic organizer for stories with a circular plot structure.
ReadWriteThink: Compare and Contrast Map—This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point.
ReadWriteThink: Graphic Map—The organizer focuses on charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as chapters in a book, amounts of money spent, events during a day, or scenes in a play.

ReadWriteThink: Plot Diagram—Identify the key features of the plot with this interactive tool.
ReadWriteThink: Notetaking Tool
—This outlining tool lets students to take notes using bullets, roman numerals, or letters. It's a great way to sequence a story or record important information from a nonfiction text.
ReadWriteThink: Webbing Tool—Create webs to organize information from text. Choose from cluster webs, cause and effect webs, or hierarchy webs.
ReadWriteThink: Story Mapping Tool—This tool prompts students to add key information from a text to create one of the following maps: character, conflict and resolution, or setting.
ReadWriteThink: Timeline Tool—Create timelines by date, event, or entry with descriptions for each occurrence. It's perfect for sequencing events from a story, a period of time, or steps in a process.

"Beyond Text" Strategies for Questioning, Predicting, and Inferring

ReadWriteThink: BioCube—Use inferring skills to identify character traits to create a Biocube.
ReadWriteThink: Character Trading Cards
—This tool allows students to create their own character cards by using inferring skills. Specific prompts ask students to describe the character, examine his or her thoughts and feelings, or explore how he or she develops over time.

• ReadWriteThink: What's in the Bag?—Young learners employ inference skills when using clues to figure out what is in the bag.
ReadWriteThink: Venn Diagram-2 Circles
—Encourage students to think critically by comparing characters, important events, and key concepts or ideas.