Thinking About Reading

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!



4 thoughts on “Thinking About Reading

  1. I love Reading. I read to all three of children from the Children’s Bible, Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Book, and various other books from the Golden Books, Wonder books & Rand McNally Books while they were in my womb through out their children. They all learned to read at an early age and we would than take turns reading these same books. As they got older they would red their school readers and library books. Chapter Books were a specialty as we would a chapter a night.

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