Strategies to use before reading
There are many different strategies readers use prior to reading, as they read, and after they read. Listed below are a few strategies to practice and to help build better comprehension skills.
Before reading I should:
& Look at the front and back cover of the book.
& Preview any pictures in the book.
& Make predictions about the book.
o What do I already know about this topic?
o What do I want to know about this topic or type of book?
o Ask yourself, “What do I think this book is about?”
o Ask yourself, “What do I think will happen in this book?”
& Skim the first few pages of the book to see if there are vocabulary words you do not know.
o If you see words you do not know, read the sentence that the word is in. Can you figure out the meaning of the word?
o If not, read the sentences before and after the sentence you just read with the unknown vocabulary word. Then use the context clues to help you determine the meaning of the word.