Support Reading Comprehension at Home

Support Reading Comp0rehension at Home

Ideas on what to ask your child while enjoying a book together:  What parents can do to promote reading strategies and skills during Read-Alouds at home
Compiled by Sarah Leveque
Spring 2009

The following 7 comprehension strategies are important for students to know.  Here are some ways to encourage a conversation.

Visualizing
"Making a picture in your head" 
When reading with your child, STOP, and discuss...

When I read these words, I see.....
I imagine...
The picture in my mind that I get from these words is...


Predicting
"Thinking ahead"
When reading with your child, STOP, and discuss...

I am thinking this might happen next...because...
I think the author is trying to tell me...because...
I think the story is going to end...because...

Clarifying
"Checking/Changing my thinking"
When reading with your child, STOP, and discuss...

This does/does not make sense with what I was thinking because...
This part makes me think back to /about...
I need to think about this word because...

Asking Questions
"I wonder"
When reading with your child, STOP, and discuss...

When I look at this word/picture, I wonder...
I am curious about...
The author did not cover...I wonder where I can learn more about this

Schema
"Using my background knowledge"
When reading with your child, STOP, and discuss...

This reminds me of...
I noticed that...and I am making a connection with (another book, myself, or the world)
I know something about this author/text.  This book should be about/like...

Summarizing
"First/Next/Last or Beginning/Middle/End"
When reading with your child, STOP, and discuss...

This first big event that happened was...
The next big event that happened was...
The last big event that happened was...

Identifying Important Information
(This strategy works best with non-fiction text)
"I am reading to learn..."
When reading with your child, STOP, and discuss...

This caption/label/title must be important for me to look at because...
This makes me want to learn more about...
I learned something important about...