Glossary of Reading Strategies
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- The abandoning tool is...
- The abandoning tool is selecting a different book when your realize your book is above your level, or not interesting to you. Remember the five finger rule. Hold up a finger for each word you miss as you read a page. If you get five fingers up select a different book.
- I can use the "blanking" tool. Blanking is...
- Blanking is saying blank when I come to a word I don't know. I read on and see if I get an idea of what the word is by what the rest of the sentence says. I can ask what makes sense that starts with the "sound" of the letter the word I don't know starts with.
- Skimming is...
- Skimming is
1) skimming a page to look for a fact, like in history or science
2) reading and skipping boring parts of a book (can't skim much or you want understand, might need to abandon)
- I can use the rerunning tool.
- Rerunning is simply going back an rereading a word, sentence or paragraph. You must realize something doesn't make sense and reread. If is like being lost. Once you realize you are lost you turn around!!
- Previewing is...
- Previewing is reading the jacket or introduction of a book. This is getting an idea of what the book might be about. This will also help you make your predictions (guesses) about what will happen.
- I can make a substitution. A substitution is...
- A substitution is thinking of a word that makes sense and using it when I come to a word I don't know and can't figure out.
- The problem/solution is...
- The problem/solution is knowing what the problem in the story is and if the problem is solved. Not all stories have problems. Some stories just retell an event.
- Use the "think of what I know" tool.
Thinking of what I know is...
- Thinking of what I know is when you think about the topic of your story. If it is about baseball think of baseball words and ideas.
- *Predicting is an important tool that is...
- Predicting is guessing what is going to happen next. You guess and read ahead to see if your guess was right. As you read you will make new guesses based on what is happening in the story.
- Oxy-moron is
- Oxy-moron is when we say something that is sort of dumb. We use words that do not really make sense. Have your ever heard of a civil war? Why have ice cream if you are on a diet. (diet ice cream)
- Graphophonic clues are...
- Graphophonic clues are the words and letters. If something doesn't make sense go back and reread. Look carefully at the letters and words. Our brains work quickly and sometimes read what it thinks would make sense. Even though our brains are amazing they aren't always right the first time.
- The setting of the story is...
- The setting of the story is where the story takes place and when the story takes place. The weather conditions are also part of the setting.
- **Check for Understanding
Monitor your comprehension.
- Monitoring your comprehension is constantly asking what is this story about and does it make sense. If it does not you should stop and use one of the other tools. You may ask your teacher for help. It is very important to know how the story begins.
- Characters are...
- Characters are the people in a story. In some stories animals or other things might be the characters.
- Onomatopoeia is
- Onomatopoeia is sound effects.
"Boom," the shoot gun blasted.
- What are the story elements (parts) we study in class.
- The story elements (parts) we study in class are:
characters, problem, solution, setting
- Name the fie W's.
- The five W's are:
Who What Where When Why
How is also good!!
- Alliteration is...
- Alliteration is repeating a consonant sound.
Ex: Busy Bees Buzzing By
- You can always send out an SOS. An SOS is...
- An SOS is sending for help. If you can't figure out a word ask someone to help you. SOS only after trying the other tools!!!
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