Reading Strategies


    ·        Preview the Text

    -         Familiarize yourself with the table of contents, glossary and index.

    -         Read the titles, headings, subheadings, and captions.

    -         Look over charts, graphs, tables, photographs and/or illustrations.

    -         Read the bold and italicized words to become familiar with vocabulary.

    -         Read chapter summaries and questions at the end of the chapter.


    ·        Access Prior Knowledge

    -         Think about what you already know about the topic.


    ·        Make a Prediction/Inference

    -         Think about the title, the photographs, and what you have read so far.

    -         Tell what you think will happen next or what you will learn.

    -         Try to figure out things that the author does not say directly, “reading between the lines”.


    ·        Set a Purpose

    -         Think about the reason the text was written.  

    -         Was the author’s purpose to entertain, inform, persuade, or show how to perform a task?


    ·        Ask and Answer Questions

    -         Ask yourself questions about what you do not understand in the text.

    -         Look for answers to your questions.


    ·        Monitor/Clarify

    -         Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense.

    -         If you don’t understand something, reread or read ahead.


    ·        Summarize

    -         Pause as you read to identify the most important ideas in the text.

    -         In your own words, explain the important things you have read.


    ·        Evaluate/Reflect

    -         Ask yourself: How do I feel about what I read? Do I agree or disagree with what I read? Am I learning what I wanted to know?

Last Modified on September 14, 2017