How to keep engaged with your reading to improve comprehension:
Making connections helps readers! Remember the following techniques to make connections: • Relate to characters. • Visualize. • Avoid boredom...if you start to get bored, take a short break. • Pay attention, take your reading seriously. • Listen to others’ ideas about the reading. • Read actively. • Remember what they read. • Ask questions.
Text-to-Reader Connections:How to relate to your reading Text to self: Connections between the text and the reader’s experiences and memories. The more experiences and memories a reader has about a topic, the easier the material is to read. Text to world: Connections the reader makes between the text and what he knows about the world (facts and information). Text to text: Connections the reader makes between two or more types of texts. The reader may make connections relative to plot, content, structure, or style.
Voices: What you “hear” whenyou are reading Reciting Voice - The voice a reader hears when he is only reciting the words and not drawing meaning from the text. Conversation Voice - The voice that has a conversation with the text. It represents the reader’s thinking as he/she talks back to the text in an interactive way. It can take two forms: Interacting Voice - This voice encourages the reader to infer, make connections, ask questions, and synthesize information. Distracting Voice - This voice pulls the reader away from the text. Your goal to make the most effective use of your reading is to strive for the Interacting Conversation Voice!
Questioning/I Wonder… Questions can be more powerful than answers. Good readers ask questions throughout the reading process: before, during, and after reading. Readers who ask questions when they read assume responsibility for their learning and improve their comprehension in four ways: By interacting with text. By motivating themselves to read. By clarifying information in the text. By inferring beyond the literal meaning.
Sources: “Academic Support Guides: Reading Comprehension.” Cuesta College. http://academic.cuesta.edu/acasupp/as/300IN DEX.HTM Krieg, Elaine G. Strategies for College Readers. New York: Longman, 2008. Print. “Study Skills Activities: Reading as a Study Skill.” Montana State Literacy Resources: A Service of the National Institute of Literacy. http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/pilotproject/stu dyskills/studyskillsindex.htm