Active Reading Strategies Improving Comprehension
Do you think about what you are reading? As you read silently, use the 6 active reading strategies.
7Active Reading Strategies • Preview • Predict • Question • Connect • Review • Evaluate • Visualize
Preview • Read the cover / Title • Look for pictures / Graphics • See how many pages there are • Read the review or synopsis on the back cover • Check the author and illustrator. • Flip through the pages • Read chapter or paragraph headings / Subheadings • Read any bold print • Read the questions Take a first glance at what you are reading.
Predict • If they open the door, something terrible will happen. • They’re fighting now, but I bet they’ll end up being best friends. • I bet he likes her. • I think they’ll get caught. • I think this part is going to be good. • I think this character might die. Stop occasionally and guess what happens next. How do you think it will end?
Question • Why was there a kitten in the closet? • What happened to his parents? • Who is so angry? • Why is she so selfish? • When did they make that? • Will she get picked for the team? • How did she get hurt? • What happened? • What will happen? • Where did this happen? Ask yourself questions about things that are happening.
Connect • I’m just like the character. • I would hate to be in that situation • I have always wanted to do that. • That happened to me before. • I have that same kind of cat. • I know somebody like that. • I read about that in another book. • I saw something like that in a movie. Does what you are reading remind you of something else?
Review • This character is too selfish to care about anyone else. • I thought he was the bad guy, but now I’m not sure. • I can tell this is a sci-fi book. • The story tells us that things are not always what they seem. • My prediction was correct. • My prediction was wrong. • This character does not like the other character. Stop once in a while to determine what you know, what you think you know, and what has changed.
Evaluate • That character is awesome! • I dislike that character. • She shouldn’t be so bossy. • He shouldn’t have eaten that many doughnuts! • It was hilarious! • I hated that ending! • The ending was great! • I would recommend this book to anyone! Make judgments about what you are reading.
Visualize • I can see the old scary door. • I can picture what the setting looks like. • I can see this character. • I can picture what they are doing. Make a picture in your mind of the characters and events.