Mrs. Burns' Kindergarten
Reading Strategies for Home
The oral reading strategy this week is "Say It Like A Character”. Many times children misinterpret or miss the author’s intended meaning because they read silently the same way they read orally—in monotone. They approach reading like they are “cracking a code” instead of trying to understand the message. Children have difficulty understanding that as a plot develops, so do the characters. We have to help children understand that authors use dialogue and words that describe feelings (ex: “Jordan begged her father…”).
“Say It Like A Character” helps children make inferences and practice learning how to understand feelings and emotion. This helps them better understand the meaning. Have your child read the way they think a character might actually speak. You will need to model this for them. They may need to practice a phrase many times, saying it different ways until they feel it is the way it should be said. This is also a great time to point out how punctuation greatly affects the way we read a sentence. While they are doing this ask the following questions:
What emotion were you trying to show?
What made you think that you should have read that way?
What if I read it for you? Can you guess what emotion the author is trying to get across?
"Read, read, read." ~ William Faulkner