Effective Readers

Whenever master readers begin reading a text, they will use a number of strategies:

  • predict
    • I bet that…
    • I wonder if…
    • I think that…
  • picture the text
    • From this part, I can see…
    • I imagine that…
  • monitor their comprehension
    • I don’t get this…
    • This confuses me because…
    • This is a difficult part because…
  • decide how to fix up (repair) comprehension problems
    • Maybe I’d better reread…
    • Maybe I need to keep on reading to see if…
    • I better look this word up because…
    • Maybe I better consider that…
  • comment on what they’ve read
    • I like this because…
    • This part is sad because…
    • If you think about it…
  • connect what they’ve read to what they already knew
    • This reminds me of…
    • I know that this part in the text is right/wrong because…
  • question what is happening in the text
    • I wonder why the author…
    • What’s happening here…
    • Is the character going to…
    • Wait a minute! I thought…

Throughout the year, we’ll return to these techniques for further details and practice.

Source

Beers, Kylene. When Kids Can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2003. Print.

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