Active Reading Strategies
· Pre-Reading Strategies:
§ What is the topic?
§ What do you already know?
§ What has already happened?
§ What do you think will happen?
§ What do you already know about the headings?
§ Turn headings into questions to be answered.
· What is...?
· Who is...?
· What happened in...?
· Why is...important?
- Look at pictures:
§ What do you think the pictures show/tell?
§ Read captions.
- Read special print:
§ Sentences within reading section bolded or in italics.
§ Read anything in the margins.
- Look up unknown vocabulary.
§ What do you see when you read?
§ Describe how the setting and characters look.
§ Restate what you have just read.
§ Explain concepts out loud.
§ Answer heading questions you have created.
§ Why are certain actions happening?
§ What was important in the section you just read?
§ Does anything confuse you?
- Make Predictions:
§ What will happen next?
§ What clues do you have for your prediction?
§ Does the reading remind of you of anything in your life?
§ Do the characters remind you of anyone you know?
§ Does the reading remind you of anything you have read before?
§ Have you learned about this topic anywhere before?
§ How do you feel about what you have read?
§ Can you explain what you read to someone else?
§ Make conclusions about what you have read.
- Note taking:
§ Write details about important events and dates.
§ Write details about characters.
§ Write details about locations.