Reading Comprehension Strategies


Connections


Making text-to-self connections and text-to-text connections while reading helps students to internalize the text and relate to the characters or the problem.

  • This text reminds me of...
  • I felt the way the character did in this story when...
  • How did you feel when you read ...


Questioning

Good Readers constantly ask questions before, during, and after reading. Questioning provides a purpose for reading and keeps the reader engaged in the text. It propels the reader forward to search for answers to their questions. Questions are answered many different ways: in the text, from prior knowledge, inferences, and further research. There are also some questions that are not answered.

Before
  • Why am I reading this?  (for fun, information ...)
  • Does the book look interesting to me?
  • What is the basic genre catagory (mystery, biography, fantasy, etc.)
  • How am I going to think when I am reading?  (slowly for information text such as textbooks, make  point to listen for small details when reading a mystery, relaxed for pure enjoyment, etc.) 
During
  • What do I think will happen next?
  • How does the character feel?
  • Why did __________ happen?
  • I wonder why __________?
  • What would I do?
  • How is the problem going to be solved?
  • Do you think ____ should have _______?
  • Am I paying attention to the message?
  • Would I be friends with _______?
  • What might happen if __________
  • What do I still need to find out?
  • Why is this information important?
  • Do I understand what the author is saying?
After
  • How did I feel when.....?
  • What was my opinion of.....?
  • When the author said __, I wondered....?
  • Why do you think the author.....?
  • What was the main idea.....?
  • Do I know someone like...?
  • What would have happened if......?
  • Do I agree with what the author said?
  • Would I be friends with _______?
  • What might happen if __________?
  • What do I still need to find out?
  • Why is this information important? 
  • Do I understand what the author is saying?
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