Friday, February 1, 2013

"What Good Readers Do"

Sometimes we have to teach students what "good readers do". Not all readers know how to do it well! I explicitly teach these tips to the students using an anchor chart! Please leave a comment on your thoughts below.
1. They use a variety of comprehension strategies such as: visualization, predicting, summarizing, questioning, ect.

2. They understand that the purpose of reading is to get meaning from the text. They actively participate in reading.

3. They make inferences from the text, using their prior knowledge and make the text relevant to their own lives.

4. They realize if they don't understand a text, and change their reading strategies to help them understand better, they may be slowing their reading rate, rereading, or using a dictionary.

5. They know the meaning of several words, and if they don't know a word, they know how to use context clues to understand meanings of unknown words.

6. They recognize words automatically, read fluently, and hear the text in their minds as they read the words.

We should explicitly teach these reading behaviors to readers who struggle.


  1. Hi!
    Found your blog on Andrea's Right Down the Middle and wanted to stop by and say hi! I am a language arts student teacher right now (considering getting a post degree/certificate in reading so I can work as a reading specialist). Love anchor charts!

    I'm actually surprised that in my classroom (tenth grade), I have so many students who struggle with reading! I'm not sure how to address this issue since they're already in HS...


  2. Welcome and thanks for the comment! Getting my Reading MEd was the best thing I ever did! High Schoolers need comprehension strategies to help them become better readers! I am working on a blog post that will be perfect for you!

  3. I am definitely a big supporter of explicitly teaching reading strategies. Then students have a variety of tools to use when meaning breaks down. I also am a big fan of anchor charts. :)

    Eclectic Educating

  4. My district has reading comprehension strategies as part of our curriculum. The even bought us books to help with each strategy. It has been a huge help.

    With our little ones it is easy to get caught up in the phonics and word study skills but comprehension is crucial.

    I love anchor charts too...I just cannot make cute ones! Lol! =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance.

    Heather's Heart