Characteristics of a Skilled Reader
- Monitor their reading so they can keep track of their understanding as they read:
- Note confusion, or difficult words and concepts – signaling them that comprehension is breaking down;
- Confirm, refute, or extend predictions made prior to reading;
- Stop after each paragraph to summarize;
- Generate questions before, during, and after reading; and / or
- Create a mental picture as you read.
- Actively engage and interact with the text before, during, and after reading so they can grapple with the meaning (see above).
- Use fix-it strategies when understanding break downs:
- Go back and re-read,
- Attempt to summarize,
- Use contextual clues, and / or
- Use decoding skills to figure out unknown words.
- Set a purpose for reading.
- Adjust their use of strategies depending on the text and content.
- Can represent information from a text onto a graphic organizer before, during, and after reading.
- Can create summaries by consolidating short paragraphs or passages, into only the most important, main ideas.
- Can summarize text by identifying main ideas and supporting details.
- Know how and where to find the answers to questions (especially those that require inferencing and using prior knowledge).
- Consider writing from various points of view.