What do Strategic Readers Do?
Strategic readers use many strategies to comprehend what they are reading.
As you are reading notice how you relate to the story – I’m thinking…, I’m wondering…, I’m seeing… Then link what the author has to say and your thinking. If you don't understand something, reread, and look at the illustrations.
Activate schema and connect new information to what you already know. Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World are ways we make connections. This reminds me of...
Ask questions before, during and after reading. Questions help you understand what you are reading. If you cannot answer these questions reread and search for the answers in the text. Think of the W words and how (who, what, where, when, why)
As you read create pictures in your mind that go with the words. I am picturing... This looks like... Sounds like... Use the stucture words to help you visulaize -what, size, color, number, shape, where, movement, mood, background, perspective, when and sound.
Use prior knowledge and the evidence or facts presented in the text and make a logical guess, inference. From the title/heading, I predict that this text is about... I can infer from the picture that... Based on what I read I predict that...
Determine Important Information:
What is most important in the text? Look for repeated words and/or words in bold letters.
Summarize and Synthesize:
Organize and restate the events in the story in the order in which they occurred. As you read your thinking may change along the way or your understanding of why something happened may be clearer.