Welcome to SFA Wings! The Four Core Strategies of a Good Reader Developed by Success For All Foundation Active readers do the following: make connections, judgements, and evaluations recognize when what they are reading is not making sense monitor strategy use work hard to bring meaning to the text CLARIFICATION: The reader stops and is able to identify something that he/she doesn't understand when he/she is reading. The reader uses strategies to help him/her clear up the problem that prevents comprehension. Can you say the word? If not... Blend it Chunk it Look for a base word Reread it Do you know what the word or word part means? If not... Use context clues Reread Read on Use your background knowledge Make a mind movie SUMMARIZATION: The reader is able to retell the main ideas and important events/details in a passage in a concise way and leaves out the less important details. The following are strategies for summarizing: After you read a story (narrative text) summarize these parts... main characters setting (where and when the story takes place) story problem important events solution and ending After you read for information (expository text) use these tools to find main ideas... titles headings bold print captions sidebars bullets QUESTIONING: The reader generates his/her own questions about the text then answers his/her questions to increase understanding. Question Starters: Who...? What did...? How did...? Where was...? When did...? Why did...? What do you predict...? Do you think...? PREDICTION: The reader uses prior knowledge and information learned to support what he thinks will happen next in the story. Strategies Narrative Clues : setting events actions character's feelings character's thoughts dialogue Expository Clues: titles headings bold text captions sidebars pictures



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