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Guided Reading / Literature Circles

Teachers can use the literary response questions during guided reading.
Students can use the literary response questions during independent reading.
 
 
The book club journal can be used for independent work.  It covers a range of comprehension strategies. 
 
 
 
The table below contains resources to strengthen reading comprehension. 
 
 

Six Comprehension Strategies

 Strategy 
Possible
Skills 
Possible  Activities 
 
 
Making Connections
(previewing, activating)
Relate new information
to prior knowledge.
 
Text to Self
Text to Text
Text to World 
 
Generalization
Text Features
Categorize /
   Classify 
Connection
    Stickies
Traveler
Connector Director
 
 2 
 
Text Structure
 
Fiction (Narrative)
Beginning - characters,
setting, problem 
Middle - major events
End - solution to problem 
 
Non-fiction (Expository)
Organizational Patterns -
cause & effect, sequencing,
comparison & contrast 
 
Sequencing
Cause & Effect
Compare /
   Contrast 
What / Why
   Graphic Org.
 3 
 
Visualizing
 
Make pictures in your
mind as you read. 
 
Compare /
   Contrast
Story Elements
Cause & Effect 
 4 
 
Summarizing
 
1) Think of who or what
     the text is about.
2) Find important details:
         Who?
         Did what?
         When?
         Where?
         Why?
3) Summarize by putting
    details in own words and
    in one or two sentences. 
 
Story Elements
Main Idea &
   Details
Sequencing 
 5 
 
Questioning
 
Asking and answering questions
as you read. 
 
Skim & Scan
Fact & Opinion
Author's Purpose 
QAR
Everybody Read
   To 
 6 
 
Monitoring
 
As you are reading, if it doesn't
make sense you can:
        Reread the words
        Slow down & read  
        carefully
        Look for clue words
        in the text 
 
Inferencing
Predicting
Fantasy / Realism 
TIS Inferencing
DRTA
Say Something 
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