Good readers are active readers. They often ask themselves questions as they read, like “What will the character do next?”
Active readers also keep track of how well they understand what they’re reading. They pause and ask themselves, “Did that make sense?” Then they re-read the confusing part of the text. They do the same thing if they don’t understand one of the words. Instead of continuing to read, they pause and look for context clues (words or definitions in nearby sentences).
Kids can become more active readers by asking questions like these. But they need to be taught these skills. Families and educators can model asking themselves these questions when they’re reading aloud.
When kids are reading on their own, have them
use these graphic organizers
to keep track of their thoughts and questions.