Helping Your Child With Reading
STRATEGIES TO BECOME A BETTER READER
Here are important reading strategies students can use before, during and after reading:
Predict what the book is about from the title. Set a purpose for reading. Ex. I am going to read this book because I want to learn more about animals. Take a picture walk through the book. Ask, What is happening in the pictures?
- Visualize - make a movie in your head just like you do when listening to a story.
- Question - think about the story, asking yourself who, what, when, where, why, how.
- Clarify - understand new words - figure out words using print strategies
o Use finger to point under each word to keep track of where you are reading
o Use beginning sounds to figure out words
o Use ending sounds to figure out words
o Use pictures on the page to help figure out a word
o Use word chunks (group of letters in a pattern like _ack, _ight)
o Look for a smaller word within the word
o Read to the end of the sentence. Sometimes the word that makes sense pops right up!
o Reread the sentence or passage to increase understanding
- Make predictions - "What happens next?"
- Make connections
o What other story is like this one? (Text to Text Connection)
o Have you felt the same away as a character in the story? Did something similar happen to you? (Text to Self Connection)
o Does it help you think about something in real life not directly connected to you? (Text to World Connection)
- React - What did you think of the story?
o How did it make you feel?
o What was most important in the story? One way to do this is to think:
~ Did something
~ But (there was a problem)
~ Then (the problem gets solved)
~ Finally (what happened at the end?)