Good Readers Are Always Thinking!

Predict/Infer--Good readers find out what is going to happen next.  They figure out things that aren't there.  Use this strategy before and during reading to help make predictions about what happens next or what you are going to learn. 

* Here's how to use the Predict/Infer Strategy:
1. Think about the title, the illustrations, and what you have read so far.
2. Tell what you think will happen next-or what you think you will learn. Thinking about what you already know about the subject may help.
3. Try to figure out things the author does not say directly.

 

Phonics/Decoding:  Good readers sound out words.  They cover part of the word to help them see the base word.  They look for words that belong to families they already know.  They have memorized a lot of easy words--they don't have to sound those ones out any longer.  Use this strategy during reading when you come across a word you don't know. 

* Here's how to use the Phonics/Decoding Strategy:
1. Look carefully at the word.
2. Look for word parts that you know and think about the sounds for the letters.
3. Blend the sound to read the word.
4. Ask yourself: Is this a word you know?
5. If not, ask yourself. What else can I try?

 

Monitor/Clarify-Good readers reread a sentence when they don't understand it. Use this strategy during readingwhenever you are confused about what you are reading. 

* Here's how to use the Monitor/Clarify Strategy:
1. Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense--or if you are learning what you need to learn.
2. If you don't understand something, reread, look at the illustrations, or read ahead.

 

Question-Good readers read and think on every page.  They are always asking questions. Use this strategy during and after reading to ask questions about important ideas in the story.

* Here's how to use the Question Strategy:
1. Ask yourself questions about important ideas in the story.
2. Ask yourself if you can answer these questions.
3. If you can't answer these questions, reread and look for answers in the text. Thinking about what you already know and what you've read in the story may help you.

 

Evaluate- Good readers think about what they like and don't like about what they read. Use this strategy during and after reading to help you form an opinion about what you read.

* Here's how to use the Evaluate Strategy:
1. Think about how the author makes the story come alive and makes you want to read it.
2. Think about what was entertaining, informative, or useful about the selection.
3. Think about how well you understood the selection and whether you enjoyed reading it.

 

Summarize-Good readers think about what they have read in their own words. Use this strategy after reading to summarize what you read.

* Here's how to use the Summarize Strategy:
1. Think about the characters.
2. Think about where the story takes place.
3. Think about the problem in the story and how the characters solve it.
4. Think about what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
5. Tell in your own words the important things you have read.