Becoming a reader

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Becoming a reader

  1. 1. Becoming A Reader compiled by Anne Snyder, Walter White Learning to Read Means Thinking About Your Reading and How to Improve
  2. 2. Real reading means: <ul><li>figuring out what a word says (that’s decoding) and </li></ul><ul><li>knowing what the word means (that’s comprehension). </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>To understand and enjoy reading more, you need to think when you are reading. Thinking about reading helps you remember what to do when you don’t know a word. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Good Readers Do to Figure Out a Word <ul><li>Get your mouth ready! </li></ul><ul><li>Blend and hold the sounds. </li></ul><ul><li>Go back, point, and slide. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Look at the picture and think about the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for a vowel spelling pattern. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for a little word in a big word. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Back up and reread the sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Get a running start and reread several sentences. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ask yourself --- <ul><li>Does it sound like language? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the letters match what I am saying? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do the syllables split? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>To understand and enjoy reading more, you need to think when you are reading. Thinking about reading builds meaning! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Good Readers Think to Use: <ul><li>Context Clues -- The meanings of the words in the sentence or in the surrounding sentences can give you clues. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Good Readers Think to Use: <ul><li>Word Structure – Knowing the meaning of a part of a word can give you clues to a word’s meaning. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Good Readers Think to Use: <ul><li>Apposition – Other words in the sentence may give you the definition of your word. The definition is often set off by commas . </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>VISUALIZE by making mental pictures in your head of </li></ul><ul><li>what you are </li></ul><ul><li>reading. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>PREDICT what will happen next in the story based on your prior experience and what you’ve read so far. Watch to see if your prediction comes true. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>SUMMARIZE as you read by stopping once or twice along the way to retell the story to yourself to help you remember and understand important events. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>MAKE CONNECTIONS from the story to your life, to another story, or to something happening in </li></ul><ul><li>the world. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>ACTIVATE YOUR PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, use your schema, to infer meaning from the events of the story. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>ASK YOURSELF QUESTIONS as you read and see if you can answer them as you continue reading. Asking questions deepens your understanding. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>MONITOR AND CLARIFY by rereading and discussing confusing parts of the story until it all makes more sense and becomes clear to you. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>ADJUST YOUR SPEED by slowing down when the words are difficult or confusing so you can understand better. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thinking about reading means you . . . <ul><li>SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF by setting a purpose for reading before you begin. At times you may read for fluency or to make connections or just for fun. </li></ul>
  21. 21. GOOD READERS . . . <ul><li>Use all these strategies to become better, more fluent readers. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Good Readers Work Hard . . . <ul><li>To make reading as much fun as it can be! </li></ul>

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