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Comprehension and Reading Strategies
Pages and Files
Activating prior knowledge
Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast
Locating key words and phrases
Point of View
Setting a Purpose
Reading Response Activities
Looking for detail
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Guide students to wonder about the world, their lives, story events and ideas presented in texts. Encourage students to wonder throughout the reading if a text. Use students’ ‘I wonder’ statements to provide structure for further reading.
Guided Comprehension in grades 3-8 (p 197)
Create a magic jigsaw with each piece containing a question. Question themes could include a post-reading summary, to showcase questions before reading, to profile questions that guide research during reading, to collect questions that remain unanswered and need further research.
Revisit, Reflect, Retell (pp 188-189)
Moving beyond who, what , when , where and why
Preview a text. Read titles, subheadings and the table of contents. Look at images. Read the first paragraph. Create an ‘I wonder’ question. Read the text to answer your question. Repeat again and draw to show the most important ideas you learned
Revisit, Reflect, Retell (pp 182-183)
Stimulating discussion through questioning
Personal questions readers generate about a text stimulate connections, represent inferences,
prior knowledge and help to clarify understanding. Guide students in generating questions and assist them in generation questions and responses that are aesthetic, efficient and critical/analytical
Revisit, Reflect, Retell (pp 46-47)
Students develop a
related to an issue in the text. Findings are then collated and a statement prepared to summarise results.
The Reading Activities Handbook p 14
The hot seat
One student takes on the role of a character. The other students ask the ‘character’ pre-prepared
handbook p 31
questions by using one word from the left hand column and one word from the top row. The questions become more complex the further down and across the words are chosen.
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