• Reading Strategies
     
    * Making connections 
    * Asking questions
    * Determining Importance 
    * Visualizing
    * Making inferences
    * Inferring
    Using context to confirm meaning
    * Making and confirming predictions
    Creating mental images 
    Reading ahead for understanding
    * Using phonics to decode new words
    * Using text structure and format
    * Adjusting reading rate
    * Rereading to clarify
    * Summarizing
     
     
     
    USE THINKING STEMS
     

    A. Making Connections:

    1.     This reminds me of…

    2.     An experience I have had like that…

    3.     This reminds me of the book ________ because…

    4.     How can I live differently because this book has been a part of my life?

    B.  Asking Questions:

    1.     I wonder…

    2.     How come…

    3.     Why…

    4.     I’m confused…

    5.     What if…

    6.     I don’t understand…

    C.  Visualizing/Sensory Images:

    1.     In my mind I picture ______ when I read _____...

    2.     I visualized…

    3.     I can see…

    4.     I can taste/hear/smell/feel…

    D.  Inferring/Predicting:

    1.     I think…

    2.     Maybe this means…

    3.     I’m guessing…

    4.     This allows me to assume…

    5.     I predict _____ because…

    E.  Summarizing:

    1.     So far this book is mostly about…

    2.     The main ideas in this book are…

    3.     Some important events are _____ because…

    4.     First….Next….Then….Finally

    F.  Synthesizing:

    1.     I’m thinking that…

    2.     At first I thought _____ but now I’m thinking _____ because…

    3.     I’m changing my thinking again because…

    4.     I think the lesson or theme is _____ because…

    5.     These events have caused me to believe…

    G.  Author’s Message: 

    1.     What is this story really about?

    2.     What does this story say about the world?

    3.     Whose story is being told?

    4.     What are the themes I have been identifying so far?

    5.     What is the lesson of this book?

    H.  Evaluating:

    1.     I agree with _____ because…

    2.     I don’t think …

    3.     _________________________

    4.     _________________________

    I. Setting (Time and Place):

    1.     This story takes place…

    2.     Something I noticed about the setting…

    3.     I would/would not like to live during this time period/in this place because…

    4.     The  author used _______ to describe the setting…

    J.  Characters:

    1.     If I were (character’s name) I would…

    2.     The character that interests me most is _____ because…

    3.     A character that really changed in the story was _____ because he/she …

    4.     I like/don’t like (character’s name) because…

     

     

    K.  Plot:

      

    1.     I think a problem in this story is…

    2.     I think (character’s name)  will try to solve this problem by…

    3.     An event that I think might happen next is…

    4.     Another way this story could have ended is…

    5.     Predict how the character might overcome an obstacle.

    L.  Language:

      

    1.     I like the way the author described…

    2.     _____ is a new word for me.  I think it might mean _____ because…

    3.    An interesting (word, phrase, or sentence) that I noticed …

    4.     _____ is one of my favorite passages because…

     

    *Record page numbers where you noticed language!

    M.  Author:

    1.     I think the author wrote this book because…

    2.     It’s interesting how the author…

    3.     Something I noticed about the author’s style…

    4.     I’d like to read another book by this author because…

    5.     I do/don’t like this author’s writing style because…

    N.  Illustrator:

    1.     If I were the illustrator of this book I would change/draw…

    2.     I could draw _______ as a symbol for _______ because…

    3.     Illustrations would/wouldn’t make this story more interesting because…

    O.  Non-Fiction Prompts:

    1.     Something that interests me about this topic is…

    2.     Something new I learned…

    3.     I want to learn more about…

    4.     Some questions I still have about the topic…

    5.     The author made the topic interesting by….

    6.     An illustration or picture that interested me the most was _____ because…

    7.     Something I don’t understand…

    P.  Open – ended Prompts:

    1.     If I could change one part of the selection, I would change _______ because …

    2.     I wish…

    3.     Something that surprised me was…

    4.     As I read this selection, I felt _____ because…

    5.     I liked/didn’t like when ______ because…

    6.     My favorite part was when _____ because…

    7.     I noticed…

    8.     I think the genre of this selection is _____ because…