• Reading Strategies

  • As you already know, reading to children is one very important way to build their vocabularies, and students are never too old to share books at home! We have seen some of our students make huge jumps in their reading from all the practice they have done over the summer. Way to go and keep it up!

    Kelly Brewer

    Instructional Facilitator

  • Strategy 1: Predict/Infer

    Use this strategy before and during reading to help make predictions about what happens next or what you’re going to learn.

    Here’s how to use the Predict/Infer Strategy:

    1. Think about the title, the illustrations, and what you have read so far.
    2. Tell what you think will happen next – or what you will learn. Thinking about what you already know on the topic might help.
    3. Try to figure out things the author does not say directly.

    Strategy 2: Phonics/Decoding

    Use this strategy during reading when you come across a word you don’t know.

    Here’s how to use the Phonics/Decoding Strategy:

    1. Look carefully at the word.
    2. Look for word parts you know and think about for the sounds for letters.
    3. Blend the sounds to read the words.
    4. Ask yourself: Is this a word I know? Does it make sense in what I am reading?
    5. If not, ask yourself: What else can I try? Should I look in a dictionary?

    Strategy 3: Monitor/Clarify

    Use this strategy during reading whenever you’re confused about what you are reading.

    Here’s how to use the Monitor/Clarify Strategy:

    • Ask yourself if what you’re reading makes sense – or if you are learning what you need to learn.
    • If you don’t understand something, reread, use the illustrations, or read ahead to see if that helps

    Strategy 4: Question

    Use this strategy during and after reading to ask questions about important ideas in the story.

    Here’s how to use the Question Strategy:

    • Ask yourself questions about important ideas in the story.
    • Ask yourself if you can answer these questions.
    • If you can’t answer the questions, reread and look for answers in the text. Thinking about what you already know and what you’ve read in the story may help you.

    Strategy 5: Evaluate

    Use this strategy during and after reading to help you form an opinion about what you read.

    Here’s how to use the Evaluate Strategy:

    • Tell whether or not you think this story is entertaining and why.
    • Is the writing clear and easy to understand?
    • This is a realistic fiction story. Did the author make the characters believable and interesting?

    Strategy 6: Summarize

    Use this strategy after reading to summarize what you read.

    Here’s how to use the Summarize Strategy:

    • Think about the characters.
    • Think about where the story takes place.
    • Think about the problem in the story and how the characters solve it.
    • Think about what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
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