ESL Activities - Reading Comprehension
Before the students start reading a text in class, they might be shown just the title and requested to give the words they believe might appear in the text (the title should be of the kind that would help the students to guess what the text will be about).
After that the words are written on the blackboard.
In the next stage you ask the students to split the words into two groups, according to their connotation, eg funny or sad, associated with kindness or violence etc.
After that the students are requested to compose their own stories based on the title given by the teacher and the vocabulary list from the blackboard, offered by the classmates.
Now just go ahead and read the text.