Random Walk through a Book

Taking a Random Walk through the Book: An alternative way to introduce a new fiction on non-fiction reading

  • *****Ask students to write on a piece of paper any ten numbers between the first and last page number of the book you are using. For example, 3,7, 27, 59, 78, 87, 115, 143, 205, 212
  • *****Next instruct them to turn to those pages, skim the paragraphs paying attention to names, dialogue, sentence structure and anything that catches their attention.
  • *****Copy into their journal a sentence from five different pages. Then, write a paragraph about what they think the sentences imply about characters, settings, and possible theme.
  • *****Meet in pairs and share the sentences and inferences. Return to these later to compare their early and later thoughts.
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2 thoughts on “Random Walk through a Book

  1. This looks like a great idea. I am always on the lookout for new ideas and this seems very useful. I also think I’ll use it for students when they go to the library to select a novel for independent reading. It might help them avoid a book they really wouldn’t enjoy once they checked it out and get enthusiastic about another.

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