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 Strategies Used by Good Readers


Before-Reading Strategies


  • Purpose
    • Knowing what you want to know: 
    • Why am I reading this text?”
    • Am I reading for a purpose of pleasure?
  • Preview the Text
    • What is the Title
    • What type of book am I reading?
  • Predict
    • What is going to happen in this story?


During-Reading Strategies


  • Prior Knowledge / Personal Connections
    • Have I read another book that relates to this topic?
    • Is the topic about something that has happened in my own life?
  • Predict / Support / Adjust
    • What is going to happen next?
  • Pause / Recall / Monitor / Clarify
    • Does the text make sense?
    • Am I finding the information that I need to look for?
    • You can reread and look at the illustrations.
  • Infer
    • Inferring helps students interpret meaning and develop a deeper understanding
    • How do you think the character felt?
    • What do you think the author’s purpose was for writing this text?
  • Visualize
    • Create mind pictures when reading.
    • Make a movie in your head.
    • Stop while reading and describe the pictures in your mind.
  • Use Context clues for vocabulary
    • Is there anything unfamiliar?
    • What part of the word do I know?
    • What rule can I apply to this word?
    • Use context clues and try to figure out what the words mean by looking at the rest of the sentence.
  • Self Monitor for Understanding
  • Identify Confusing Parts / Reread
  • Self-Question
    • Think about what you are reading on every page. 
    • Ask yourself important questions
    • Try to find the answers to your questions.


After-Reading Strategies


  • Evaluate / Adjust Predictions
    • Think about whether you like the story or not.
    • If so, what was your favorite part?
    • What did you like the least?
    • Did you learn something new?
  • Skim / Reread / Question
  • Compare / Contrast
  • Cause / Effect
  • Draw Conclusions
  • Identify Themes
  • Summarize
    • Think about the story and summarize the story in your own words.
    • Who were the main characters?
    • What happened in the beginning, middle and end?
    • What was the problem and solution?
    • What parts were essential to the story?
    • Tell someone about the book!

 Read at least 30 minutes at home each day!


by Mrs. Cabrera, Reading Coach


Herbert A. Ammons Media Center
Miami-Dade County Public School
Herbert A. Ammons Middle School
17990 SW 142nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33177