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READING STRATEGIES Ten Tips to Improve Reading In Freshman English By Mary Bennett, GEAR UP Macon Middle School and Franklin High.

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1 READING STRATEGIES Ten Tips to Improve Reading In Freshman English By Mary Bennett, GEAR UP Macon Middle School and Franklin High

2 A Good Reader ASKS QUESTIONS  Strategy 1  ASK YOURSELF:   What is your reason for reading?   Are you reading to understand a procedure?   To inform yourself about current events?   Are you reading for leisure?   Are you reading to be able to answer   questions at the end?

3 My purpose for reading is to pass a test….  Strategy 2  If the purpose of the reading assignment is required as part of a final exam:  You may find it helpful to read some of the question prompts first. This will give you a guide to think about while you read and a specific answer to look for while reading.

4 Reading Style  Think about how you feel about reading.  Are there any emotions that come up before you start to read? Are you feeling fear, dread, excitement?  Ask yourself if you have a positive or negative attitude toward reading.  If you are constantly feeling against the need to read then it will be more difficult for you to understand what you read.

5 Strategy 3  Aim to adopt a POSITIVE attitude toward reading.  Create a purpose for reading! Read leisure material, short novels, newspaper funnies and magazines to support a positive attitude toward reading.

6 Reading Speed  How fast do you read?  Determine your reading rate. Read a passage for one minute. Count up the words. This is your words per minute reading speed.

7 Strategy 4  Use a small card or book mark to help keep your eyes on track. This increases hand–eye reading coordination.  Placement of card is important. Place the card under the first 3-4 words of a sentence and push it along as you read. This helps guide the eye and move it smoothly along the sentence. It may also improve reading speed.

8 Behaviors that slow reading rates  Do you read aloud or quietly mouth the words?  This actually slows down your reading speed.  Using your finger may slow down reading because it only underlines one word at a time.

9 Strategy 5  Strive to read silently, especially on long passage reading.  Reading the question and answer choices very softly is okay.

10 A good reader keeps track mentally of what is happening in the passage  Strategy 6  Good readers ask themselves:  What is the main idea of this passage?  Where is the main idea or topic sentence located?  What are the supporting details?  Where are the facts that contribute to the main idea?  Are examples given to provide specific details?  Where are they located in the passage? Underline them.

11 Using Context Clues to Figure out Words  Strategy 7  What do you do when you come across a word that you do not know? Circle it.  Can you figure out what it means by the other words surrounding it?  Read the sentences before and after the sentence it is in  Can you figure out what is intended by re- reading the sentence it is in? Can you think of a synonym for it that makes sense?

12 The Pause  Strategy 8  After reading 2 or 3 paragraphs, PAUSE. Stop and ask yourself, Do I know what’s going on?  If not then you better re-read it or at least look back and skim over the material to get the “jist’ of what’s happening.

13 Good Readers Ask Questions  Strategy 9   Once you have read something,   Ask yourself what you got out of it?   What was the main idea?   Who did what? What happened?   How did it happen?   What was the “THEME”?

14 The Author’s Purpose  Strategy 10  What was the author’s purpose?  To Inform, Persuade, Narrate, Humorous  Did the author seem to have an opinion about the situation?  What would the author have to know to write about this subject?

15 What makes a Good Reader?  Good readers ask questions.  Good readers ask questions before, during and after they read.

16 Bibliography  Margaret Uhar, Reading Specialist  Department of Education, Texas High School WASL Reading Item Analysis  Reading Skills and Strategies page 125 of the Middle School Literature Text  Study Guides and Strategies 


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