Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.
We have begun reading our new novel for this term ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ and have started to make some great predictions and connections to the book already.
Each week we have to sort a number of vocabulary words into categories: ‘We know what it means…’ ‘We sort of know what it means…’ ‘We don’t know what it means…’
This helps us to then discover the meaning of different words we come across when reading which assists our comprehension and our understanding of the book.
This term some of the reading strategies we will be focusing on are to:
• Predict: Use evidence and prior knowledge to help you think about what will happen in a text.
• Infer: Use evidence and prior knowledge to help find out important details that the author doesn’t specifically tell you.
• Visualise: Use the words and details in the text to make pictures in your head.
• Question: Ask questions while reading to help monitor your understanding.
• Connect: Make connections between what you read, your own experiences, other books, and the world.
• Evaluate: Use your own opinions to talk about a text.
• Summarise: Brainstorm and write about the most important details about a text.
• Determine Importance: Come up with what is the most important things about a text.
• Synthesise: Organise, recall, and recreate information, and fit it in with what you already know.
All readers should use these strategies to help them make sense of what they are reading.