Joan's entry to Chapters 1-4
I liked the questioning, inferring, clarifying, predicting, and evaluating activities Gallagher suggested to increase reading comprehension.
The questioning activity of turning headings or chapter titles into questions prior to reading on page 57 and "twenty questions" on page 58 sound engaging.
"Conversation Piece" on page 5 would be a good reading activity stressing the importance of inference while reading.
The web search activity on page 38 wherein groups of students are given different key words or concepts to search and report back to the class frames a novel by clarifying key background information.
The word scramble prediction on page 49 would give students a set of key words in order to predict the upcoming action and pique their curosity.
Focus groups ( page 59), each group given a specific literary element to trace while reading, sounds good for review. Another review strategy is "sentence starters" , ( page 70) where each student is given a different sentence starter to finish with information from the reading.
I liked the word attack strategy of memorizing the 30 most common prefixes, the 15 most common roots, and 10 most common suffixes of words (page 73). I also liked the 3-minute sponge activity (page 77) where students copied a sentence with a challenging vocab word, predicted the meaning based on context, and looked up and wrote the actual meaning of the word.
"Tuning into the reading channel" is a term I'll use from Gallagher and reminding students that confusion is natural is something I needed to be reminded of because it is the state I'm frequently in.