READ LIKE A READERThinking About How You Read Reading Strategies
Metacognition:Thinking About How You ThinkBefore you can improve your reading skills, you need to understand what happens in good readers minds while they read. You may even do these things already. You just dont know ityet.
More About MetacognitionStrategy: A plan for success!Strategies help readers understand, connect to, and to understand the importance of what they are reading.
Good readers also visualize, ask questions about, and understand deeper meaning (read between the lines to understand meaning that is not obviously stated )
The Reading StrategiesThere are seven reading strategies.Make ConnectionsAsk Questions & Determine ImportanceInferPredictVisualizeSynthesizeEvaluate
Make ConnectionsText to Self (similar events in your life)Text to Text (books, movies, T.V., etc.)Text to Life (real world events)
Make Connections Ask Yourself:What do I already know about this?Has anything similar ever happened to me?How would I feel if this happened to me?Can I relate to the characters?Does this story remind me of something?
Ask QuestionsWhat dont you get?What do you get?What words dont you understand?What other questions do you have?What do you wonder about as you read?Asking questions will help you not get bored!
What is Important?Pick and choose which details are the most important to remember.Think about what a teacher might ask on a test.Think about what the author hints might be important later on.(Foreshadowing)
Making inferences (guesses)Good readers are like detectives.They use clues to understand the story.This is called INFERENCING!
PredictingGood readers use the authors hints to PREDICT what will most likely occur.
Infer and PredictAsk Yourself:What isnt written that I have figured out?What do I predict will happen?Why do I think so?
Visualize Picture in your mind the images the author creates with his/her words. If you were there, what would you SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH, FEEL?
SynthesizeSynthesize is a fancy way of saying that you must bring everything together in the end. In other words, what is the meaning of what you are reading?
What does it all mean? Whats the big idea? Are there questions still left unanswered? What are the lessons I should learn? What do I think about this book?
EvaluatingReaders make judgments while they read. Is this good? If so, what is good about it?
The conclusions they make help them decide whether or not what they are reading is valuable and, if so, how they might use it.
Use Fix Up StrategiesIf you dont understand, use FIX UP STRATEGIES.
Use Fix Up StrategiesHere are some examples of Fix Up Strategies: Re-read UnderlineUse a DictionaryRead AloudAsk for Help
Practice Strategies!REMEMBER:You may be using some or all of these strategies already. You just may not know it. As you read more difficult texts, you WILL NEED to use these strategies. SO PRACTICE!
The trees are blowing the gutters fill with water as Ann tries to go to bed (implies . It is a dark and stormy night!)*