Making Connections, Asking Questions, Visualizing (Creating Mental Images), Summarizing, Rereading to Clarify
Objective: Students will know how to intentionally interact with text to create meaning.
Before reading I introduce hand signals for each reading strategy. I use the ones listed below. You could use these or make up your own hand signals. We will stop and use one of the strategies below when it feels natural or when we finish a paragraph. I begin reading the story aloud to my students. I use a place holder as we stop and use the strategies to interact.
Making ConnectionsStop and say,
“I have done this before…if you have also done this, show me your hand signal. This is your connection to the story. If you have never done this show me your hand signal. This is also your connection. If you would like to do this, show me your hand signal. Wanting to do something is also a connection.”
“This is cool!” “This is sad.” “I like this.” “ I don’t like this.” “I agree.” “ I don’t agree.”
“ I can’t believe this.”
Asking QuestionsStop an say,
“I wonder if…” or “I wonder why…” When we come across the answer to our question in reading, we stop and acknowledge the question and answer by saying, “Here’s the answer to what we were wondering earlier…”
Making PredictionsStop and make a prediction, and see if they come true.