Post-Reading Activities

After reading, there are many writing activities that you can do to check for comprehension and understanding.  Here are a few…

  • Summarize the text (chapter, scene, novel, poem, article)
  • Describe the main character
  • Compare and contrast yourself to a character
  • Make a list of vocabulary words you learned in the reading
  • Create a timeline of events from the text
  • Describe a connection between the text and another text (novel, short story, magazine article, comic book, poem)
  • Rewrite the ending to the story, describing what you would have liked to happen
  • Imagine you are a character in the story and write a shopping list of items he or she could have used in the story
  • Make a list of facts you learned from reading an expository text
  • Write questions you have after reading
  • Describe Cause and Effect relationships within the reading
  • Before reading the next chapter, predict what will happen next
  • Describe the setting (where and when the story takes place)
  • Draft a journal entry from the point of view of a character
  • Write a letter from one character to another
  • Identify the author’s purpose for writing the text
  • Describe the central conflict in the story
  • Write a poem about the story, character(s), setting, or conflict
  • Create a travel brochure for the setting of the story
  • Make a list of memorable events in the main character’s life

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at or view her educational resources on

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