Strategies for Before, During and After Reading . Thompson Junior High Literacy Conference. Determining Importance. Opening Activity: Take a minute to think of 3 statements about yourself, two of them are true and one of them is a lie.
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Opening Activity: Take a minute to think of 3 statements about yourself, two of them are true and one of them is a lie.
Then share these statements with a partner and see if each of you can point out the truth statements from the lie.
Good readers think about reading before they start to read to help them understand what they know about the topic.
As a group let’s brainstorm some strategies that we use before we read a piece of text
Strategies you should use before reading
Set a purpose for reading: Why am I reading this piece of text?
What do I know about this topic?
What predictions can I make about the text?
What new vocabulary do I need to learn before I start?
What features of text, (headings, bold) aid comprehension?
My purpose for reading the article is…
I am a student looking ideas to find a
great summer job.
What do I know about the article?
It’s about summer jobs. (the title)
It has something to do with resumes and
It has something to do with a professional
Three predictions I have for this article are…
It will explain how to find a great summer
It will explain how to network.
It will explain where I can find a summer job.
Two vocabulary words I need to learn
are…go to a dictionary
Network: to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, esp. in finding employment or moving to a higher position.
Internship: any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.
Features of text that can help me are…
Strategies you should use during reading include:
Assess and revise predictions.
My first prediction is correct since the article is basically all
about summer jobs.
My second prediction is also correct as about halfway through the
article it explains how to network to find a job.
My third prediction is incorrect. The article does not tell me where I can find a summer job locally.
Make a link to what I know about the topic
(Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World)
Three connections to text I have are:
1. I have read articles about summer jobs.
Text to Text
2. I have had summer jobs.
Text to Self
3. I have applied for summer jobs.
Text to World
Ask myself questions. 5W’s and How
All about professional image.
Who needs a professional image?
What is a professional image?
When do I need to have a professional image?
Where do I need to have a professional image?
Why do I need to have a professional image?
How can I have a professional image?
Re-read a section.
“Dressing for the interview.” Why?
Because there is a lot of information to
Go ahead and read and see if it makes sense. “Visual resume” We could jump to create a resume, but when we do we realize that it doesn’t make sense, it’s a different type of resume. Better to go back and read entire section on image first.
There are a number of strategies after reading that can help you make meaning of what you have just read.
Some of these include:
Summarizing the main points,
Making up Questions, and
Asking yourself is the title appropriate.
To summarize it is a good idea to use a graphic organizer to aid comprehension.
An example of a completed organizer for the article Landing the Ideal Summer Job would look as follows.
Explain my choices for completing the organizer.
Good eye contact,
Practice Interview Skills
Practice Questions with
friends or family. Know why
you want to work there. Ask
Meet people who can help,
Job-shadow, Volunteer, or
Create a Resume
Be accurate, organized, and
Interesting. Spelling and
To see if you understand the main ideas you could make up questions and ask someone else to answer them. Two questions we could make up about this article are:
1. What is a professional image?
2. Why should people network?
Ask yourself this question. Is the title for this article appropriate?
In this case the article is focused on summer jobs and what you need to do to find a great summer job, so we can conclude that it would be an appropriate title for this article.
In a group of four you now will have a turn to read an article and use before, during, and after reading strategies.
Answer the following questions as a group. Have one person per group act as a recorder. Answer on the sheet provided.
What is our purpose for reading?
Look up the definitions for two words you need to know the meaning of and write them down.
Make three predictions about what you think you will learn in the article.
Make three connections to the text and write them down.
What do we know about the topic? Answer the five W’s and How questions in the space provided.
Summarize the main points of the article in an organizer.
Make up a question based on the article for another group to answer.
There are a number of strategies you should use when reading. Some can be used before you read, others during reading, and still others after reading. All will help you understand what you read.
Please complete the booklet before leaving. Keep reading and using these strategies and you will be a great reader!