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Here are the thinking strategies that we have been working on to help our students become better readers and thinkers. These are also strategies that students can practice at home when reading.
Thinking about your thinking- good readers think about texts before, during, and after reading. They are constantly thinking about the text to make sure they understand what they are reading.
Schema is all of the knowledge we have stored in our brains from our life experiences. Good readers use their schema as they read to make connections to the text. This helps us to relate to and remember what we have read.
Visualizing is when we create images in our head of what we are reading. Good readers visualize, or make movies in their heads while reading. This helps us to remember what we have read and gain more interest in what we are reading.
: Predicting is when we make educated guesses about what willl happen next in our reading. When we make predictions as we read, it helps to keep us involved in the story because we want to find out if we were right!
: When we infer, we use what we know (schema) along with what we are reading to make meaning of text. We may infer why a character did something, or how an event is important to the story. We make inferences about information the author has not explicitly stated.
: Good readers know how to figure out what information is important when they are reading. Many times, readers determine what is important based on their purpose.