Good Readers show their thinking through Text Coding!
- When you find information you already knew or something you predicted, use a check mark.
- When you find information that goes against what you know, use an x.
- When you have a question or are unsure, use a question mark.
- When you discover something new, surprising, exciting, or fun, use an exclamation point.
- When you read something important or powerful, use a star.
- When you read something that makes you see or visualize something, use an eye.
- When you have a connection with the text, use connected circles.
Good Readers use strategies before, during and after their reading!
- Connect: Think about your background knowledge and experiences. How can you connect the information to your life? How is the story like another story or text? How is the text like the world around you?
- Predict/Infer: Think about what the text is going to tell you. Use text clues and your schema to build meaning. Anticipate what might happen next. Figure out what is not directly stated.
- Visualize: Use your senses to see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the author's words. See the picture in your head.
- Question: Monitor your understanding by asking questions when words, sentences, or ideas do not make sense. Remember to reread to clarify.
- Summarize: Identify the most important ideas or information. Classify or sort the information that you read. Draw conclusions after you finish a part of the text.
- Evaluate: Think about your opinion of the text and how well you understand the text. Does applying what you read make sense? What is the authors’ purpose?