Making the most of your reading experiences, active reading, is the culmination of several different strategies that a student activates when reading an unfamiliar passage. Last night author Laurel MacQuarrie and the main character from her children’s books Seefus a young slug, demonstrated how to be active readers. To be an active reader you must pay full attention to what you’re reading, become engaged in the text, and utilize the following reading strategies.
Predict – Use clues to make a smart guess about what will happen next. I think ______ will happen because _______.
Question – What questions arise about the characters, setting, plot, details, or action? Think about the W questions—Who, what, when, where, why (and how).
Clarify – Confirm what you already know or clear up any confusion about the text. I think the character is trying to do _____ because _____.
Infer – Use clues from the text and your prior knowledge to determine the meaning of what you’ve read. I know that ____ so this must mean ____.
Summarize – In your own words, tell about what you’ve read. This passage is about…
Compare – Recognize similarities in the text between situations or characters. When ____ happened, it was similar to ____.
Connect – Make connections to the text, either in your own life or to other texts read. I can relate to this because… This reminds me of… This is similar to…
Visualize – Make a mind movie or a mental picture of what you’ve read. Imagine what the setting looks like or what the action was like. When I read that paragraph, I imagined …
Evaluate – Make a judgement or form an idea or opinion about the text. I think this is/isn’t a good idea because____. I would have done ____ differently because____. I liked/didn’t like the way the author____.
Synthesize – Put the details together to see them in a new way. All of these details lead me to believe____. Because the author wrote ____, he/she must want me to think ____.