Reading Strategies

  • Reading Strategies:

    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.