The above is a "skill card" sent home as part of the "reading bag program." I'm supposed to practice these with Younger Daughter every night as her "home reading coach."
The scan is a bit hard to read: here's what it says:
Tell the title of a favorite book and some specific details about the book.
Preview the story by creating a story from reading the title, looking at the cover and reading the pictures.
Connect events during picture reading with words like "and then ... next ... or after that ..."
Read in short phrases most of the time.
Recall what you know about the topic.
Ask yourself questions as you read.
Make connections as you read.
Think about the reason why things happen.
Picture what is happening (visualize).
Try to understand the characters' feelings.
Think about similar experiences and stories as you read.
Start at the beginning and tell what happened. Include most of the important events from the beginning, middle and end in sequence.
Refer to most characters by name in retell.
Is this fiction or nonfiction, and how do you know?
What part of the book did you like best and why?
What connections did you make while reading (personal experience, background knowledge or another book)?
Keep in mind that we're supposed to accomplish all this within 10-15 minutes per night of reading! The "Before Reading" instructions alone could easily take up 15 minutes, time that would be better spent actually reading (or actually teaching reading, as is the case with us and Younger Daughter.)
The "Before Reading" skills are exactly what Younger Daughter should not do. She already faked her way up to level E in the leveled readers at Natural Friends; the more she learns to make up stories based on the pictures, the better she will get at guessing and faking, and the harder it will be for her to learn to actually read.
As for the "During Reading" and "After Reading" activities, what a turnoff. No wonder we're raising a generation of kids who hate books. Kids don't need to be instructed in how to appreciate a story; story-telling (and story-listening) is a universal human experience. Read to your kids, find books your kids will enjoy reading, and get out of their face.