Reading has always been like watching a movie in my mind, and I suspect that’s why I enjoy it so much. As a youngster, it never occurred to me that my classmates’ brains might not all function in the same manner. So I didn’t understand why reading wasn’t universally loved by all. But of course, it’s not. When metacognition (thinking about one’s own thought processes) is a struggle, it makes reading difficult as well. Struggling readers certainly don’t enjoy reading. And we all know that reading a lot is crucial to becoming a good reader.
One way to help students learn to think about their reading? Ask them these questions before tackling a story or text passage:
- What do you think this is about?
- Is this fiction or nonfiction. How do you know?
- What do you think you’ll learn from this?
- What do you know already about this topic?
- What are you wondering about this topic?
Then use these handy question cards after reading!