Reading Is Thinking!
 
The process of reading involves decoding groups of words to gain meaning from printed text. It sounds simple, but this skill requires many sets of thinking processes to occur in the brain. Practicing your reading is the best way to build and boost these skills. Readers also need to develop and use many strategies to help them understand text. Some of these strategies include:

1. Ask Questions - I wonder..., What if...
2. Make Connections - That reminds me of..., I made a connection when...
3. Visualize - I was able to picture..., I could see...
4. Draw Inferences - I read for clues and figured out...
5. Use Text Structure - I noticed the author used...
6. Determine Importance in Text - I thought _______ was important in this book because...
7. Summarize - This was mostly about... (beginning, middle and end)
8. *Monitor Comprehension - When I read________ I realized I didn't understand so I ___________ (* Key to understanding text!)

Stuck on a word?
Try two of these fix-up strategies before asking for help.

1. THINK - What makes sense?
2. Look for a chunk in the word. Example: the word is content, I see "tent" in the word.
3. Sound it out.
4. Look at the picture. Is there a clue there?
5. Skip the word and read to the end of the sentence. Can you figure it out then?
6. Reread the sentence before it and see if you can figure it out.
7. Cover up the front part of the word or the last part. Can you see a part you know?

With lots of practice, using these strategies whenever you read will become automatic. Remember to read often from a "just right" book and practice these strategies whenever you're reading! Reading is thinking!