Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area
Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another.
Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does.
Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features.
Social Studies content can be an interesting mix of itemized information, and traditional paragraphs/imagery.
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area
2. Activate Prior Knowledge
3. Use Context Clues
5. Think Aloud
7. Locate Key Words
8. Make Predictions
9. Use Word Attack Strategies
11. Use Graphic Organizers
12. Evaluate Understanding
To the above list, we’d add:
13. Question the Text
15. Monitor & Repair Understanding (While Reading)
17. Annotate the Text
18. Adjust Reading Rate
19. Prioritize Information
20. Use Graphic Notetaking
22. Set a Reader Purpose
23. Text-connections (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world)
25. SSQ (Stop, Summarize, Question)
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