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Reading Strategies that Work
Reading is Thinking!
“Reading furnishes our mind only with the materials of knowledge;
it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” John Locke
- I.Reading: An Interactive Process
A. Decoding Words
B. Constructing Meaning
C. The purpose of reading is understanding
D. The purpose of reading literature is to provide meaning in our lives.
- II. Reading is like Writing
A. When we write, we compose thoughts on paper.
B. When we read, we compose meaning in our minds.
- III. Monitoring Comprehension:
The Inner Conversation
A. Become aware of your thinking as you read
B. Keep track of meaning
C. Listen to the voice in your head to make sense of the text
D. Notice when you stray from thinking about the text and when meaning breaks down.
E. Understand how a variety of strategies can help repair meaning.
- IV. Proficient - “Skilled”- Readers
A. Search for connections
B. Ask questions
C. Draw inferences
D. Distinguish important from less important ideas in text
E. Summarize and synthesize
F. Monitor understanding
- V. The Goal: Active Literacy
A. Readers get better at reading and thinking by doing the reading and thinking!
B. And learners learn more by doing the work!
- Strategies That Work
(Harvey & Goudvis, 2007)