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Strategies for Understanding

These 7 strategies are the necessary building blocks to
understanding what you have read.


1. Schema: Think about what you already know.
2. Making Connections: Use what you already know to help you understand the text.
3. Visualizing: Use the five senses to connect to the text.
4. Decoding: Sound it out, reread, read ahead, use context clues.
5. Determining Important Ideas: Identify the main idea and identify what the author of the text considers important.
6. Inferring: Draw conclusions and make predictions about the text.  Reflect on what you have read.
7. Ask Questions: Ask questions before, during, and after you read.  "I wonder..."

Last Modified on 6/9/2008 9:08:42 AM