Strategy 1: Predict/Infer
- Think about the title, illustrations, and what you have read so far.
- Tell what you think will happen next or what you will learn. Thinking about what you already know about the subject may help.
- Try to figure out things the author does not say directly.
Strategy 2 : Monitor/Clarify
- Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense or if you are learning what you need to learn.
- If you don't understand something, reread, look at the illustrations, or read ahead.
Strategy 3 : Question
- Ask questions about important ideas in the story that can be answered as you read or after you finish reading.
- If you can't answer the questions, reread and look for answers in the text.
Strategy 4: Evaluate
- Think about how you feel about what you have read.
- Think about what was entertaining, informative, or useful about the selection.
- Ask yourself: Did I understand the selection and did I enjoy reading it?
Strategy 5: Summarize
- Identify the characters and setting.
- Think about the problem in the story and how the characters solve it.
- Tell in your own words the important parts of the story to include the beginning, middle, and end.
Strategy 6: Visualize
- Visualizing helps us remember and understand a story. Practice visualizing the characters, setting, and plot.
- As you read, stop to visualize what the author is describing.
- Visualize your favorite scene in a book and share it with others.
- Knowing the structure of a story can help you to visualize what is happening in the plot.