Reading Strategies For Web Activities

This page adapted from: California Language Teachers' Association

Teachers can include reading strategies to help students read authentic documents on the web. These strategies will help students be more successful in decoding a challenging passage at every level. These steps can be built into any reading assignment:

Pre-reading and prediction

Before the students begin to read, they can use prior knowledge to predict what information may be in the selection. They can get clues from the title, the subject, or even an accompanying picture.


Students read through the selection quickly to find any additional information. This information can augment and modify information from the pre-reading stage.

Looking for cognates

To further refine the understanding of the passage, the students can look for words that are similar to words in English.

Looking for meaning through context

Students can sometimes get the meaning of unfamiliar words by looking at the context where the words are found.

Careful reading

Too often students begin reading with this step. They find the passage difficult, get discouraged, and quit reading. With the preceding steps, students are better equipped to read a selection.


The application step taps the students' creativity and higher level thinking skills. In this step, the students apply the concepts of the reading passage to a new situation.

Sample lessons World Languages Lesson Plans

French Shopping
German Weather
Italian Famous People
French Weather

Lesson Plan links (Lesson plans and online activities for World Languages):

German Websearches:

German Webactivities (Great list!):

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