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Thinking Strategies

Thinking Strategies:
In addition to implementing a balanced literacy approach through use of a workshop model, the district expects that all students will receive explicit instruction in the use of comprehension strategies, as outlined by the Public Education & Business Coalition. These strategies are:
  • Monitoring meaning and comprehension - knowing when you know, knowing when you don’t know
  • Using and creating schema - making connections between the new and the known, building and activating background knowledge
  • Asking questions - generating questions before, during, and after reading that lead you deeper into the text
  • Drawing inferences - combining background knowledge with information from the text to predict, conclude, make judgments, interpret
  • Using sensory and emotional images - creating mental images to deepen and stretch meaning
  • Determining what is important in text - deciding what matters most, what is worth remembering
  • Synthesizing information - creating an evolution of meaning by combining understanding with knowledge from other texts or sources


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