Many define reading as an act of engagement between the reader and the text.
What do our students need in order to engage with text?
•Strategies to think about the text when reading wordsalone doesn’t produce meaning.
•Accessible text that is near their reading level.
•Purpose and relevancy so they know that their time is being used wisely.
While we often provide the text and purpose, it is up to our students to choose the strategies necessary to comprehend the text. Our work this year in Discovery will provide our students with an introduction to eight thinking strategies they may usewhen reading the words alone doesn’t produce meaning.
Below are two documents. One is an overview of the thinking strategies we will address in Discovery this year. The reading teachers will monthly post to the Network a detailed explanation of a specific strategy, a bookmark that can serve as a reminder to your students to use the strategy as they read, a one-pager to hold students accountable for their reading in Discovery, and activities you could use either in Discovery or your content area classes to support students with using the strategy. The second document contains models of how students can use these strategies when conducting a mathematical, scientific, or social scientific reading. You may consider posting one (or both) of these documents in your classroom.