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1 Thinking About How You Read
READING STRATEGIES Thinking About How You Read

2 Metacognition: Thinking About How You Think
Before you can truly 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 don’t know it…yet.

3 More About Metacognition
Good readers have developed good habits when they read. We call these habits strategies. Strategies help readers understand, connect to, and determine the importance of what they are reading.

4 The Reading Strategies
There are six reading strategies. Predict Visualize Connect Question Clarify Evaluate

5 Predict

6 Good readers are like detectives….
Predict Good readers are like detectives…. They use clues to determine what is happening in a story. This is called INFERENCE!

7 Predict Good readers also make educated guesses about what may happen later in the story. They use the author’s hints to PREDICT what will most likely occur.


9 Visualize

10 Visualize Picture in your mind the images the author creates with his/her words. Pay close attention to sensory details. For example, if you were there, what would you SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH, FEEL?

11 Why Visualize? If you don’t picture the events of the story, you will get bored. The author’s job is to paint pictures in the reader’s mind. The reader’s job is to visualize what the author describes.

12 Connect

13 Connect Text to Self (similar events in your life)
Text to Text (books, movies, T.V., etc.) Text to Life (real world events)

14 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?

15 CONNECT yourself to the text!
Connections CONNECT yourself to the text! Go passed the OBVIOUS!

16 Question

17 Question What don’t you get? What do you get?
What words don’t you understand? What other questions do you have? What do you wonder about as you read?

18 Why Ask Questions? Asking questions helps keep you focused on the text. If your mind wanders, you will not understand. Then you will be bored. If you run into problems, things you just don’t understand, then you can check yourself with a question.

19 Clarify

20 Clarify Stop from time to time, review your understanding of what you read. You can do this by: summarizing what you have read identifying the main idea making inferences drawing conclusions from the information you are given

21 Clarify Ask Yourself: What does it all mean? What’s the big idea?
Are there questions still left unanswered? What are the lessons I should learn? What do I think about this book?

22 Evaluate

23 Evaluate Form opinions about what you have read, both while you're reading and after. Develop your own ideas about people places and events.

24 Why Use Strategies? Strategies create a plan of attack. Then you can solve any reading problems yourself. Strategies help you learn HOW to understand. If you know HOW to understand, then you are more likely TO understand. Strategies help you realize HOW you are thinking so that you can think more deeply and more consciously.

25 Why Use Strategies? REMEMBER:
You may be using some or all of these strategies already. You just may not know it. However, as you learn to read more complicated materials, you WILL NEED to use these strategies purposefully. SO PRACTICE!

26 The Reading Strategies
Predict-guess what might happen next Visualize-picture people, places and events Connect-personally to what you are reading Question-ask: what is happening, why, how characters may be feeling Clarify-review your understanding by: summarizing, drawing conclusions and making inferences Evaluate-form opinions about what you are reading.

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