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Thinking about Thinking, even more

Here is the example from a literature lesson using summarizing:

Explain Why to use the strategy.
“Today we are going to learn about making a summary of a story. This will help you learn and remember better because you will put the story in your own words. To make a good summary, you have to really understand the story.”

Demonstrate how and when [Read on...]

Thinking about Thinking, continued


Good readers are very aware of their own thinking. They ask themselves whether they know anything about the topic before they read, whether they understood what they just read, and whether they areready for a test. Poor readers do not have this kind of self-awareness of their own thinking.
These strategies do not develop on their own for most readers, they [Read on...]

Thinking about Thinking

How can Thinking About Thinking Help

Thinking about thinking can:
Help teachers understand what thinking strategies students are using and
Help students learn new thinking strategies and when to use them.

Which Thinking Strategies Can Be Taught?

Many studies have shown differences in thinking strategies between good readers and poor readers. More than 150 strategies have been identified. Not all strategies used by good readers [Read on...]

Types of Comprehension Questions


Read the lines: recall information stated directly and explicitly in the text.

a. Recall Character, Setting, or Time Details

Student is asked to recall facts explicitly stated in the text about a character (name, traits, feelings, variables), the setting of the story, or the time the story takes place.

b. Recall Single Action or Event Details

Student is asked [Read on...]

Staying Safe in a Toxic World, Issue #32 of The Change Agent

This issue of The Change Agent explores the local environment and tells stories of environmental clean-ups and community efforts to identify and deal with pollution sources. With an emphasis on math and science, activities help students think about large and small numbers, percents, ratios, and scale. A one-pager on “Smart Moves: Take Control of Math” offers strategies for confronting difficult [Read on...]

TALL-Handbook for ESL

Project Read now has a brand new copy of the latest TALL Handbook. The TALL Handbook has helped thousands of individuals learn how to read and write in English. The handbook is produced right here in Provo, at the Missionary Training Center.

Students will find hundreds of pages full of grammar and vocabulary within this book. It has proved itself [Read on...]

Language Experience Approach

What do you do when your student doesn’t want to read the books you have available? One way to get your student eager to read and write is to use the Language Experience Approach.

The Language Experience Approach is a proven technique that will help your reluctant student get excited to read and write by helping them bring their interests into [Read on...]

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading comprehension strategies that work:

Notice what you understand and what you do not and find ways to figure out what you don’t’ understand. Students need to know a range of effective ways to study once they realize they do not know a subject well enough. Figuring out why a fact is true is a powerful way to remember it. More [Read on...]

The SQ4R Reading Method

There are many instructional methods designed to improve comprehension. One of those methods is the SQ4R method. The SQ4R method stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Relate, and Review.

Survey: Before reading anything with your student, survey what you will be reading together. Help your student skim over titles, headings, captions, graphs, and introductory and concluding paragraphs. Make sure as they [Read on...]

Are you Sure that’s the Letter E?

Letters can look very different depending on the typeface used. To help the learner recognize letters in a different kind of type, select examples of different styles of a letter from magazines or newspapers. Cut them out and paste them on a sheet of paper. Make a separate sheet for each letter. As an alternative, ask the learner to find [Read on...]

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