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Thinking and Strategy


During reading, the reader takes in the words on the page and forms a meaning based on their own knowledge and experiences, Harvey and Goudvis consider this to cause the reader to be part writer as well. Their meaning may be different than that of the actual author. This is a strategy for students to connect to their readings, to get the students to think about what they are reading not just saying the words out loud. By getting the students to actively think and review what they have just read leads to better reading comprehension. "Reading encompasses both decoding and the making of meaning," (p. 13). As they get better with reading comprehension they learn to think deeper into what they are reading, to see if there is not just an obvious meaning but hidden meaning that requires more thought. Once they learn to comprehend what they are reading the students are then able to figure out the main ideas and the purpose of the text.

To help children learn strategies to understand what they are reading it helps to get the children to connect to what they are reading. A teaching tip from these chapters would be to have the students find a book that they connect to that way the students want to read the books and will stay engaged. They will also be able to practice the strategies needed for reading comprehension. Another idea to help is having a parent/child book club.


There are many comprehension strategies which include text summaries, drawing inferences and questioning however, students performed better on test when they are taught multiple strategies that way they can apply the strategy they would work the best based on the demand of the text they are reading. This is called transactional strategy instruction. With this, student do "strategic reading" which" refers to thinking about reading in ways that enhance learning and understanding," (p.23).

While monitoring the students progress the readers can be broken up into four groups: Tacit learners/reader, Aware learners/readers, strategic learners/readers, Reflective learners/readers. Tacit learner/readers are the readers who are not aware of what they are thinking while they are reading, they aren't comprehending, just reading the words off the page. Aware learner/readers is the group of student who know when they are confused but lack the strategies to fix the proble or solve the confusion. Strategic learner/readers are the students who can use strategies for comprehension when they come across something that confuses them or is broken down. Reflective learner/readers are the student who are able to be flexible with the strategies they use to apply different strategies for the different texts they read and to fully comprehend what they are reading.

Another strategy to enhance reading comprehension is to read with children and have them explain what they just read at the end of each page.This will cause the students to pause and really think about what they read rather than just saying the words out loud.
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*All quotes are from Strategies that Work by Harvey and Goudvis