Critical Reading Tools:

Soapstone: Use this tool to analyze Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject and Tone.

Source Values and Limitations: Evaluating a source


OPVL Worksheet

Evaluate Fake News Sites

What Would You Title This Page? a list of essential questions that you might ask while reading.

Rhetorical Precis: A tool for developing a summary of the big ideas in a larger work.

Prompts for Independent reading

TPCASTT: This tool is particularly good for poetry. It has the reader consider Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Audience, Syntax, Title, Theme.

Huge List of Tone Words

Questions Quiz: Great tool to get  you to create a Costa Question Set.

Saying/Doing: Analyzes rhetorical strategy. What is the author saying? What is the author doing?

Pyramid Notes: Helps us think from general to specific ideas, words, etc. Or the other direction.

5 Questions to Ask About a Media Text: Questions that focus on bias, subtext, values.

How To Analyze a Visual Text: Ths should be used with the five questions to ask about media text (see above). You view it three times and focus on what you see and hear.

Photo Analysis Worksheet: Forces a close study of a photograph or image.

Reading Multimedia: 9 Questions to ask about a multimedia text that focus on bias, values, subtext, reliability of source, accuracy, stereotypes, etc.

Cornell Notes Template: Note-taking method at law schools. Place keywords or questions on left, definitions, summaries, answers on right.

Reading Log Instructions with Prompts: Instructions and prompts to help you keep a reading log.

Split Page Reading Journal Template: Quote on one side, comment on the other.

Sustained Silent Reading Assignment with Log: Basic SSR with instructions and log.

Story Notes: Prompts on main character, primary conflict, setting, big plot points.

Synthesis Notes: Title, character, setting, theme, plot, style POV, design, tone.

Plot Notes: Examine the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution of a story.

Reporter’s Notes: Who, what, where, when, why, how, so what…

Sensory Notes: Image, sound, scent, sensation, thought (I see, hear, smell, feel, think).

Outline Notes: Main idea, supporting idea, examples in outline form.

Instructions for How to Annotate a Text: General instructions about how to mark up a text.

Six Square Storyboard

Three Square Storyboard 

Student Experiments in Multimedia Storytelling CONTACT: