Use Cases for Read Ahead

“I really like that the Read Ahead module requires the students to formulate predictions based upon the highlighted words. I will definitely use the Read Ahead module for future lessons.”

Wesley Adams

Lumpkin County Middle School, 8th grade English

Why did you choose to use Read Ahead for your lesson plan?

I felt like the Read Ahead module provided a great opportunity to incorporate technology into my lesson plan. I also felt like the Read Ahead module was a great way to invoke higher order thinking skills.

What influenced your choice of words to be emphasized?

I chose words related to cognitive skills (i.e. persuading, identifying, interpreting).

What plans do you have for students to make use of the words that were chosen to be emphasized in this lesson?

I chose words that they would see on the PSAT. I also used the Read Ahead module to teach context clues, so I chose words that the students could identify based upon the surrounding words.

Please tell us more about your experience with Read Ahead.

I think that I would like to use Read Ahead frequently. I believe that the Read Ahead module can be used in a variety of settings. I really like that the Read Ahead module requires the students to formulate predictions based upon the highlighted words. I will definitely use the Read Ahead module for future lessons.

I thought it was easy to use. The layout was extremely easy to use, and I thought that the instructions were easy to follow.

I would like to use it to have students create their own presentations. I believe that it would be beneficial for the students to create their own presentations. However, this process would require a great deal of modeling from the instructor.

I wish it had more features. I would like to see more features with the module. Perhaps allowing the instructor to upload pictures or videos would provide an additional instruction tool. Overall, the layout of the module is visually appealing and easy to use.

“I think that I would like to use Read Ahead frequently. It’s a great way to create background knowledge for students and can be utilized across all content areas!”

Shontice Butler

Gainesville Middle School, 6th grade, Science

Why did you choose to use Read Ahead for your lesson plan?

I wanted to integrate the use of technology and reading comprehension into my science lesson.

What influenced your choice of words to be emphasized?

I chose words that would most likely link to student’s personal experience.

I chose words that would most likely link to student’s background knowledge.

I chose words that I wanted students to learn based on the GPS & objectives I’d created.

What plans do you have for students to make use of the words that were chosen to be emphasized in this lesson?

Assessment that asks students to demonstrate understanding of words that were chosen

Assignment that asks students to use words that were chosen in a different context

Please tell us more about your experience with Read Ahead.

I think that I would like to use Read Ahead frequently. It’s a great way to create background knowledge for students and can be utilized across all content areas!

I thought it was easy to use. Simply copying and pasting the article and selecting key terms, I don’t think it can get any easier.

I would like to use it to have students create their own presentations. That could be an interesting assignment that would cause students to have to reflect on their article choice. I believe for this to be successful, students should have to provide a rationale for why they highlighted certain words, context clues that help support the definition of those words, and why they choice the certain article, etc. That would be a very informative assignment.

I wish it had more features. Maybe adding a way for students or teachers (whoever is creating the ReadAhead) to link definitions to the words. For instance, when the excerpt pops up after the words have flashed, students can click on the highlighted words to see the definition that the teacher has provided.

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“I wanted to use a story in my 8th grade Math class to provide standard instruction through a literary and cultural experience. This application made the activity much less tedious for the students.”

Carley Roberts

Dawson County Middle School, 8th grade Math

Why did you choose to use Read Ahead for your lesson plan?

I wanted to use a story in my 8th grade Math class to provide standard instruction through a literary and cultural experience. This application made the activity much less tedious for the students.

What influenced your choice of words to be emphasized?

I chose words that would most likely link to student’s personal experience.

I chose words that would most likely link to student’s background knowledge.

I chose words that would highlight a certain perspective on the passage.

I picked out specific words that would emphasize the culture of the article.

What plans do you have for students to make use of the words that were chosen to be emphasized in this lesson?

Assignment that asks students to use words that were chosen in a different context

Please tell us more about your experience with Read Ahead.

I think that I would like to use Read Ahead frequently.The student enjoyed the flashing words and began predicting the story on their own. It decreased frustration levels of adding literature in a math class.

I didn’t think it was easy to use. There definitely needs to be more instructions on the website on what exactly the purpose of the program is used for. Also maybe some hints on how to pick keywords. The website seems vague but once you figure out how to use it, it becomes easy.

“I chose to use Read Ahead because students love using technology & this is a technology that is research-based. This program offered a variety on reading where students were not listening to a recording but it wasn’t a traditional book interaction.”

Angelina Cipolla

Lumpkin Middle School, 6th grade, Social Studies

Why did you choose to use Read Ahead for your lesson plan?

I chose to use Read Ahead because students love using technology & this is a technology that is research-based. This program offered a variety on reading where students were not listening to a recording but it wasn’t a traditional book interaction.

What influenced your choice of words to be emphasized?

I chose words that would most likely link to student’s background knowledge.

I chose words that would help improve student comprehension of the passage.

I chose content specific words.

What plans do you have for students to make use of the words that were chosen to be emphasized in this lesson?

Assignment that asks students to use words that were chosen in a different context

Assignment that asks students to define words that were chosen

There was a follow up writing assignment where students had to use 8 of the 11 words chosen by the teacher in a list. All 11 word choices appeared in the Read Ahead passage.

Please tell us more about your experience with Read Ahead.

I think that I would like to use Read Ahead frequently. The program is easy to use therefore it is easy to incorporate into lesson planning.

I thought it was easy to use. It was very user friendly!

More features are nice, but also simplicity is nice.