Before, During, and After Reading Activities' Purposes


Before Reading Activities

During Reading Activities

After Reading Activities


  • Activate prior knowledge
  • Generate questions
  • Discuss vocabulary
  • Build background knowledge
  • Make predictions
  • Establish a purpose for reading


  • Engage with the text
  • Self-monitor comprehension
  • Summarize text
  • Integrate new information with prior knowledge
  • Verify and formulate predictions
  • Construct graphic organizers
  • Use mental imagery


  • Reflect on the content of the lesson
  • Examine questions that guided reading
  • Respond to text through writing
  • Evaluate predictions
  • Respond to text through discussion
  • Retell or summarize


Alabama Reading Initiative Secondary Team 2007 (revised 2008)