Reading Strategies that Good Readers Use.....
Good readers make pictures in their minds as they read. The camera in your head should be running every time you read. Visualizing helps readers see what is happening in the book or story they are reading.
Sometimes when you are reading, the words and ideas are not all on the page. You infer when you fill in what is not on the page. Inferring can also be called "reading between the lines." When we infer, we use text clues and our schema to "guess" what is going on.
When you predict, you use the clues from the author to guess what will happen next. You can change or add to my predictions as you read more of the story. Sometimes predictions are confirmed (what you predict is actually what happens), but sometimes predictions are contradicted (what you predict is not what happens). A good reader uses text clues and clues from their schema to support their prediction.
Asking questions while you read helps you to understand the story better. You should search for answers to your questions. Questions often start with “I wonder…”
There are two types of questions: Thin questions (right there questions)-
these questions can be answered right from the text.
Thick questions (on my own questions)-
these questions need to be answered using text clues and your own schema.
Using background knowledge to make connections helps readers understand what they are reading. You make connections when the story reminds you of something:
in your life (text-to-self)
in another book (text-to-text)
in the world (text-to-world)
Connection statements begin with “This reminds me of…”