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I understand what I read

I can read the words

I can read accurately, with expression, and understand what I read

Expand Vocabulary
I know, find, and use interesting words


Use prior knowledge to connect with text

Make and adjust predictions; use text to confirm

Infer and support with evidence

Make a picture or mental image

Monitor and Fix Up

Check for Understanding

Back Up and Reread

Ask questions throughout the reading process

Use text features (titles, headings, captions, graphic features)

Summarize text; include sequence of main events

Use main idea and supporting details to determine importance

Determine and analyze author's purpose and support with text

Recognize literary elements (genre, plot, character, setting, problem/resolution, theme)

Recognize and explain cause-and-effect relationships

Compare and contrast within and between text  


Abundant easy reading

Look carefully at letters and words

Cross Checking... Do the pictures and/or words look right? Do they sound right? Do they make sense?

Flip the sound

Use the pictures... Do the words and pictures match?

Use beginning and ending sounds

Blend sounds; stretch and reread

Chunk letters and sounds together

Skip the word, then come back

Trade a word/guess a word that makes sense

Recognize words at sight



Voracious reading

Read appropriate level texts that are a "good fit"

Reread text

Practice common sight words and high- frequency words

Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text

Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc)

Read text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling



Voracious reading

Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing

Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning

Use word parts to determine meaning of words (prefixes, suffixes, origins, abbreviations)

Ask someone to define the word for you

Use dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries as tools

Use Pictures, illustrations and diagrams


Behaviors That Support Reading

Get started right away * Stay in one place * Work quietly *
Read the whole time * Increase stamina * Select and read good-fit books