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Seven Strategies Proficient Readers Use
The seven strategies that we focused so heavily on in Marking Period 1 never go away. The hopes are that the class is familiar enough with the application of the strategies that less scaffolding can be used, and our readers will start displaying these critical thinking methods in the comprehension of all texts. (Uniquely, I have found that parents can aid in the development of the strategies with simple questions during daily observations of billboards while driving on the freeway, commercials while watching television or even spam mail flyers). The following list are the strategies, a brief definition and how you might pose a question when the opportunity presents itself. Modeling is the fastest way children pick up habits!
Visualizing - Reading and developing an image from the language - Question: What does that make you picture?
Connecting - Reading and linking to a personal experience helps to activate prior knowledge - Question: Can you remember a time when we...?
Clarifying - Reading and being able to summarize or describe the idea in their own words - Question: What does that mean to you?
Questioning - Reading and asking questions that do not have yes or no answer probes your reader to go beyond a literal level - Question - I wonder if ...?
i.e. "Hey, that billboard said 4 out of 5 people choose Motts Children Hospital. I wonder who the other one choose?"
Predicting - Reading and taking a guess at what will happen next - Question: What do you think will be a result of ...?
Inferring - Reading and using a clue to figure out what occurred - Question: Based of the clue ..., what can you conclude happened?
i. e. "The just came out and Target lower their price on that sweatshirt you like just like JCPenny did. Why do you think they did that?"
Reacting - Reading and responding to an element; while easy it forces readers to engage with the abundance of media that flashes daily - Question: So what do you think about...?