Reading Strategies- Goals 8 & 9

Happy Friday!  How are you? Is your summer break over yet? I go back to work on Monday. The summer flew by! I will be living up at the school most of the weekend to get my classroom ready.

This week we are tackling Goals 9 and 10.

Goal 9

Supporting Comprehension in Nonfiction

This particular goal is important because readers need to understand not only what the text is mostly about but they need to identify which facts correlate with the main idea. Below are a few of my favorite strategies from this goal. 

9.2 Reading with a Sense of "Wow"

"When you read with curiosity and interest, you're more likely to learn and remember the new information you encounter." (pg 251) We want readers to listen with "wonder" and to think about facts they might not have known before reading the text. 

This strategy would be great to introduce to the whole group (especially when first reading nonfiction text with first graders). It is teaching students to read informational text knowing they will learn something. It is easier to sit back and listen to a text for enjoyment but much hard to listen knowing you need to pull out important information. I have had students who tried to zone when listening to a topic that they "think" they know all the facts there is to know about the subject. 

I believe that this strategy would help students to expect to learn new information and to approach an informational text with the excitement of what they can learn. 

9.3 A Spin on KWL 

I really liked the twist on this goal from the traditional KWL chart. In this goal, students "jot" what they know for sure, what they think they know and what they wonder. I LOVE how it has students discussing what they are wondering about the given topic. 

9.5 Gather Up Facts

In this strategy, students read part of a book (or the whole book if it is short) and recall what they have read. 

How often do students read a book and then they can't recall what they read? I like how this strategy has students stop often and reflect what they are learning. They are thinking about the facts they have learned to see if they understand what they are reading. 

Goal 10 Supporting Comprehension in Nonfiction

Text features are a big part of reading, navigating, and understanding nonfiction text. I like how the author talks about how as teachers we need to do more than help students identify the text features. As we introduce the text features, we need to help students use them to get more information from the text.

10.3 Reread and SKetch with More Detail

This goal would be a fun way for students to remember the facts in a book. It teaches students to reread to add more details. 

I like how it is teaching students to sketch what they remember in chunks. They read, sketch, reread, add more details and reread again. It allows students to visually see how when we reread information we can learn something new each time.  

10.5 Get More from Pictures

When you are reading a text, how often do you "skim" the pictures? I LOVE how this is helping students to gather more information from the pictures the author is providing. 

Students look at the picture, read the text and decide, "What in the picture is the same as what's in the words? What's new?" (pg 278) Then, students say the extra facts out loud. It allows them to think about what they have learned from the picture that is not in the words. 

10.7 Bold Words Signal Importance

This strategy has students use text looking at bold words to reflect if they know what they word means. It has them checking to see if they can figure out what the word means based on how it is used in the sentence. If they can't, they flip to the glossary to learn the meaning.  This is giving them the skills they need to use different text features to help them learn the meaning of important words. 

Thanks for joining me this week! What was your favorite strategy this week? 



  1. I thought *I* had to go back early, but you beat me by a couple of days! :D May your school year be wonderful and full of Jesus' love for your littles!
    I liked all the strategies you shared. In Goal 10, I also thought 10.12 was a great idea... teaching students to look at EVERYTHING on a page before moving on...

  2. Hi Kara! Thanks for linking up. I know it must be crazy for you right now as you headed back to school. Prayers for energy and strength! I also liked the "reading with a sense of WOW" strategy. I think I'm going to start every non-fiction text, with something like "Prepare to be wowed!" I can see that phrase catching on with the littles! :-)


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