Here are important reading strategies students can use before, during and after reading:

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    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?

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    • 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

      •  Use finger to point under each word to keep track of where you are reading

      • Use beginning sounds to figure out words

      • Use ending sounds to figure out words

      • Use pictures on the page to help figure out a word

      • Use word chunks (group of letters in a pattern like _ack, _ight)

      • Look for a smaller word within the word

      • Read to the end of the sentence.  Sometimes the word that
        makes sense pops right up!

      • Reread the sentence or passage to increase understanding

    • Make predictions - "What happens next?"

    • Make connections

      • What other story is like this one? (Text to Text Connection)

      • Have you felt the same away as a character in the story?  Did something similar happen to you? (Text to Self Connection)

      • Does it help you think about something in real life not directly connected to you?  (Text to World Connection)

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    • React - What did you think of the story?

      • How did it make you feel?

    • Summarize

      • What was most important in the story?  One way to do this is to think:
                ~ Someone
                ~ Did something
                ~ But (there was a problem)
                ~ Then (the problem gets solved)
                ~ Finally (what happened at the end?)