Self-Monitoring Strategies



______   What brainstorming strategy can I use to help me understand this text?

______  Is this similar to anything I have read before?

______   Why am I reading this?

______  Why would this information be important  for me to know?

______  Do I have any questions about the text before I read It?

______ What questions can I write down that may help me focus?


During Reading

______  Is there a graphic organizer that can help me organize the information?

______  Am I understanding what I am reading?

______  What can I do id I don't get the meaning?

______  How does this information differ from other things I know?

______  Is this part important to what I need to know? Why?

______  What events lead up to the main idea?

______  Why am I learning this?


After Reading

______  Can I write a brief summary of the selection?

______  What did I learn?

______  Where can I go to learn some additional information?

______  Did I confirm my initial purpose for reading or do I need to modify this text?

______  Is there anything else in the selection I should reread?

______  What strategy will help me locate what I am looking for?


Self-help Strategies

  • Establish why you need to read this and what did your teacher tell you to look for.
  • Brainstorm concepts and key ideas. Use concept map.
  • Write in Reading Logs- about your past experience with the title of the selection.
  • Categorize- things you know/things you want to know/
  • Web- Put your ideas into a format like this web chart before reading.
  • Practice writing a prediction statement - stating what you think this selection will be about.
  • Create a list of questions that you want to find out about the subject matter of the selection- use the title and pictures to get an idea of what the selection is about.
  • Make two predictions of what you will find in this selection.
  • Draw a picture that you can visualize from the title.
  • Sketch something just before beginning to read.
  • Link things you already know about this topic to things you hope to learn.




Word-Attack Strategies
Word-attack strategies help you decode, pronounce, and understand unfamiliar words and attack words piece by piece or from a different angle.

Use Picture Clues

  • Look at the picture.
  • Are there people, objects, or actions in the picture that might make sense in the sentence?

Sound Out the Word

  • Start with the first letter, and say each letter-sound out loud.
  • Blend the sounds together and try to say the word. Does the word make sense in the sentence?

Look for Chunks in the Word

  • Look for familiar letter chunks. They may be sound/symbols, prefixes, suffixes, endings, whole words, or base words.
  • Read each chunk by itself. Then blend the chunks together and sound out the word. Does that word make sense in the sentence?

Connect to a Word You Know

  • Think of a word that looks like the unfamiliar word.
  • Compare the familiar word to the unfamiliar word. Decide if the familiar word is a chunk or form of the unfamiliar word.
  • Use the known word in the sentence to see if it makes sense. If so, the meanings of the two words are close enough for understanding.

Reread the Sentence

  • Read the sentence more than once.
  • Think about what word might make sense in the sentence. Try the word and see if the sentence makes sense.

Keep Reading

  • Read past the unfamiliar word and look for clues.
  • If the word is repeated, compare the second sentence to the first. What word might make sense in both?

Use Prior Knowledge

  • Think about what you know about the subject of the book, paragraph, or sentence.
  • Do you know anything that might make sense in the sentence? Read the sentence with the word to see if it makes sense.




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