Reading is Thinking! This is the philosophy our class has embraced during reading workshop! We are developing many sophisticated reading skills to "bump up" our brain power.

We understand that having our head in a good book is like having a movie in the palm of our hands.

Below are some of the strategies we are learning to use as we grow in our
reading ability:

Students should be recording quick notes on post its as they use the reading strategies they are learning about. For example, if they had an important question that was answered through re-reading or in the next chapter of their book, jotting it down is a good idea so they can later share it with their reading partner. Note: There is no need to "over post it". We don't want to interrupt the reading process.

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Strategies Good Readers Use

Activating Prior Knowledge:

Making Connections Between Prior Knowledge and the Text

Connectingthe known to the new (or unknown) helps good readers make sense of and create meaning from what they are reading.Good readers maketext-to-self,text-to-text, andtext-to-worldconnections.


Good readers ask themselves questions before, during, and after reading.They ask themselves questions when something in the story is confusing or when there is something they are wondering about as they read. They question the author to find out if the story is fair and accurate and to ask why the story is being told in a particular way.


Good readers take pictures or make movies in their heads about particular episodes or parts of a story.


Good readers use their knowledge of the world, of reading, genre, and of the story they are reading to draw inferences,or conclusions, about events, characters, and happenings in the story: they “read between the lines.”

Determining Importance


Good readers grasp essential ideas and important information when they read.They are able to tell the difference between simply interesting ideas and important ideas that are central to the meaning of the text.

Synthesizing Information

Readers synthesize information by combining new information with their existing knowledge to form an original idea, a new line of thinking, or a new interpretation.

Monitoring for Meaning

If something in a text does not make sense, good readers take action to make sure it does make sense.They check to make sure they are understanding and they know what to do if they are not understanding.