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7 New Strategies to Boost Any Student’s Reading and Writing Skills

As educators, we're constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance our students' reading and writing skills. This article will explore seven new strategies designed to captivate students' attention and foster their love for language. With a blend of creativity and intentionality, these strategies can be seamlessly integrated into your teaching approach to bring out the best in every student.

1. Literary Podcasting

Podcasts have gained massive popularity, providing a fresh opportunity to engage students in the world of literature. Encourage your students to create their own literary podcasts; this strategy improves their reading comprehension and sharpens their oral communication skills. 


  • Students can form groups and produce a podcast episode featuring dialogue between characters, enhancing their understanding of tone, context, and character development.

  • Students create a podcast series where they analyze different genres of literature. Assign them classic novels, contemporary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. In each episode, they discuss the unique elements of the genre and how those elements are manifested in the assigned work.

2. Visual Storytelling

Visual storytelling through comics or graphic novels is a powerful tool for promoting reading and writing. This activity not only demands a deep understanding of the text but also encourages students to condense information and present it in a visually appealing manner. 


  • After reading a historical novel, students can create a comic that narrates the key events, using images and concise text to convey the essence of the story.

  • After completing a unit on a historical period, ask students to collaboratively create a comic that narrates an event from that era. They should incorporate accurate historical details and dialogue that captures the context of the time. 

3. Peer-to-Peer Book Reviews

Harness the power of peer learning by incorporating regular book reviews into your curriculum. This exercise develops critical thinking skills and encourages students to articulate their thoughts effectively in writing.


  • After reading a book, students can write reviews highlighting the story's strengths and weaknesses, providing constructive feedback to their peers.

  • Organize a "Book Swap" event, where students bring in a book they've read and exchange it with a peer. After reading the new book, they write reviews and then participate in a "speed-dating" style activity where they discuss their reviews with multiple classmates.

4. Interactive E-Books

Embrace technology by utilizing interactive e-books to elevate the reading experience. Interactive e-books often include multimedia elements such as videos, animations, and hyperlinks, enhancing students' engagement and comprehension. This approach encourages students to synthesize information from various sources and express their insights cohesively. 


  • Ask students to explore an e-book on a specific topic and then compose a reflective essay incorporating their understanding of the written content and multimedia elements.

  • Have students choose a topic of interest and gather information from various sources. They can then design an e-book incorporating text, images, videos, and quizzes, effectively conveying their knowledge in an engaging format. 

5. Socratic Seminars

Engage students in Socratic seminars, where they participate in thought-provoking discussions about a text. Through these dialogues, students refine their analytical skills and learn to communicate their ideas eloquently.


  • Assign a reading, and during the seminar, guide students through a series of open-ended questions that encourage them to explore different perspectives and defend their interpretations.

  • Provide students with a controversial article that presents opposing viewpoints. Organize a structured debate where students are assigned to argue for or against specific aspects of the article.

6. Journalistic Blogging

Invite students to delve into journalistic blogging, allowing them to explore their interests while honing their writing skills. Have them choose topics they're passionate about and create blog posts that adhere to journalistic standards.


  • A student intrigued by environmental issues can research and write a blog post that covers a local environmental concern, effectively integrating research, critical thinking, and persuasive writing.

  • Ask students to research a social issue that is relevant to their community. After gathering information, have them write a series of blog posts that explore different facets of the issue, including its causes, impacts, and potential solutions

7. Collaborative Story Building

Unleash your students' collective creativity by engaging them in collaborative story-building exercises. This approach fosters teamwork, imagination, and the ability to maintain consistency in a storyline. Additionally, it allows students to observe different writing styles and improve their writing accordingly.


  • Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with the beginning of a story. Each group adds a paragraph or a section to the story, creating an evolving narrative. 


Written by Brooke Lektorich

Education World Contributor

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