Mt. Abe Reading Initiative
Primary Reading Strategies
Visualizing and creating mental images of characters, events, and/or ideas of what you read.
Making connections and relationships between what you read to personal experiences, previous knowledge, or other texts/readings.
Identifying and using key elements of textbooks and readings to gain meaning (table of contents, boldface, subheadings, etc...)
Sounding out words and using words to get the meaning of words from the text.
Making predictions about what is going to happen based on story events. Identifying cause and effect situations, "Reading between the lines."
Creating a dialog in your mind with the text that you are reading. Asking questions while reading to clarify meaning or extend understanding.
Identifying the big ideas of what you are reading, finding the "big picture" from text details (main idea, author's "purpose", thesis statement, etc...)
Providing short statements that capture main ideas and related details. Assessing the quality of the text to show how much you understood.
Using fix-up strategies when meaning breaks down. Taking notes, underlining, rereading, and reading aloud to gain meaning from the text.