Reader's/Writer's Worskhop

Reading to or with your child every night is so extremely important!  Research has shown that a child's motivation to read and understanding of the material is influenced by the home and the parents.  A house filled with many exciting books provides a great opportunity for children to become active readers.  Having your child read to you or you reading to your child provides an opportunity to spend quality time together as well.  To help your child become an even better reader, be sure to ask him/her questions about the story before, during and after. 
Good readers use the following 7 Strategies to unlock meaning

1. Create mental images (Visualizing):  Good readers create a wide range of visual,
auditory, and other sensory images as they read, and they become emotionally
involved with what they read.        Book List

2. Use background knowledge (schema):  Making Connections. Good readers use their relevant prior knowledge before, during, and after reading to enhance their understanding
of what they’re reading.               Book List

3. Ask questions:  Good readers generate questions before, during, and
after reading to clarify meaning, make predictions, and focus their
attention on what’s important.     

4. Make inferences:  good readers use their prior knowledge and
information from what they read to make predictions, seek answers to
questions, draw conclusions, and create interpretations that deepen their
understanding of the text.             Book List

5. Determine the most important ideas or themes:  Good readers identify
key ideas or themes as they read, and they can distinguish between important
and unimportant information.

6. Synthesize information:  good readers track their thinking as it
evolves during reading, to get the overall meaning.

7. Use fix up strategies:  Good readers are aware of when they
understand and when they don’t.  If they have trouble understanding specific
words, phrases, or longer passages, they use a wide range of problem-solving
strategies including skipping ahead, rereading, asking questions, using a
dictionary, and reading the passage aloud.


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