Reading Strategies Review

Good readers think as we read; that’s why we say ‘Reading is Thinking.’ There are many ways to think about what we read, but most good readers use a mix of strategies. On day 3 and 4 this week, (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll review some of the ways good readers think about what we read. You’ve probably been hearing about this in Humanities, but a little review is always a good thing, since effective reading is one of the most important ‘study skills’ there is.

I’ll demonstrate these a quick read aloud from one of my favorite books of all time. Then when we meet individually on day 5 and 6 to talk about your reading goals,  I’ll check in with you about what strategies you are currently using the most.

Below are some strategies good readers use when reading.

Good readers:

Connect: Good readers use what they know to better understand what they read.

  • ‘This reminds me of something that happened to me.’Reading is thinking
  • ‘This reminds me of something I know from school.’
  • This reminds me of another book I read.

Question: Good readers ask questions as they read.

  • ‘I wonder….
  • ‘Who, what, where, when, why?’

Predict: Good readers use clues to think what might happen next.

  • ‘I predict ____ will happen…’
  • ‘I think this character will____ because….’

Infer: Good readers use clues and what they know to understand things that are not directly stated in a book.

  • ‘I think this means that…’
  • ‘This clue makes me think the character is nervous/sad/happy.’

Visualize and use sensory images: Good readers imagine what a story looks, smells, sounds like…

  • ‘In my mind I see…’
  • ‘In my mind, I hear…’

Determine what is important: Good readers use what is important in what I read so they can summarize it or find answers to what they want to know.

  • ‘This was mainly about….
  • ‘I found answers to what I wanted to know in chapter 5 of this book….’

Synthesize: Good readers pull together many ideas to find the big ideas or themes in what they read.

  • ‘The theme of this book is….’
  • ‘One big idea I see here is that…’

Use evidence: Good readers support my thinking about what they read with evidence or clues.

  • ‘I think this because it says…’
  • Because I know____, and it says ____, I think….’
  • ‘I can tell____, because it says_____’

Powerschool, Google Classroom Check

This week for days 1 and 2 (Wednesday and Thursday) we’ll be reviewing Google Classroom and Powerschool to see if we have any missing work. We’ll also check-in about the goals we set last time we met. Here’s the plan:

  • Make a study plan.
  • Check for missing work. Make a list. Think about a goal for the next 10 days or so.
  • Sign up for a conference with me.
  • Spend 15 minutes working on reading or writing, depending on what your focus is.
  • Spend some time working on math–either the math warm up or math homework.
  • Decide what you want to focus on for the time you have left!

The Science Behind Procrastination

On days 7 and 8 this week (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll think a little bit about the science behind procrastination. Procrastination is when we put things off until later that we should be doing now. We’ll look at  why we procrastinate, and what we can do to minimize it. (Note, I didn’t say ‘avoid’ or ‘stop’, I said ‘minimize’, because the science suggests we’ll never be able to completely stop procrastinating.

First let’s watch this video, then think about what you’ve tried (or want to try) doing to minimize your own procrastination and tell us about it in the comment below!


Reading Conferences

On Thursday and Friday this week (Day 5 and 6), I’ll be conferring with you about your independent reading. We’ll review your goal from last week and we’ll set new goals for next week. I’ll also be asking you to think about what kinds of things you are working on as a reader. Your answers to this will vary. Here are some things readers work on, or think about when they read:

  • making connections: what does your book remind you of?
  • predicting or inferring: what might happen next in your book–or what is happening that isn’t directly stated?
  • character development: how are the characters in your book changing?
  • stamina or speed: are your trying to read longer or faster?

There are many other things readers work on–these are just a few things that might get you thinking. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!