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ESL Reading Strategies

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Heidi Wagner Nottberg

on 27 April 2014

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Transcript of ESL Reading Strategies

Paula loves to make predictions about the
future and about texts and books. She makes predictions before and after reading by
Paula the Predictor
Quinn the Questioner
in the text
between the lines
beyond the text
Sammy the Summarizer
Clara the Clarifier
rereads paragraphs to understand a concept or a story
finds clues by reading before and after an unknown word
looks up the meaning of words and phrases in a dictionary
interviews people

The Fab Four
Questioning the Author
ESL Reading Strategies
Reading the title
Looking at pictures
Reading the backside of the book
Reading summaries and bold words
Using facts about what she already knows about the text
What is going to happen?
What will I learn from this text?
Clara loves to solve mysteries and looks for clues that help her understand words and ideas. Clara
Quinn loves to ask questions. The answer to his questions can be found
Sammy the Summarizer likes to lasso information about a text or a story.
He summarizes a passage, an entire chapter or the complete text.
I wonder....
I think that...
I was confused about...
I don't understand...
The author wants us to know...
The big idea is...
Question the Author...
helps to solidify the understanding of a text.
teaches critique to the author's writing.
teaches forming questions to the author while reading
1. Read short passages and stop when you think you need to obtain a greater understanding.
2. Create questions at each stopping point.
3. Work through the questions.
Is the language inviting and engaging?
Is the writing clear and easy to understand?
How could the author have said things more clearly?
What could you say instead?
What is the author trying to say?
Why is the author telling this at this point?
Why does the author use the following phrase?
Has the author done his or her research?
What is the author's background and experience?
Does this make sense?
means drawing on previous reading experiences to reflect on a text's meaning, its effectiveness and its quality.
You might question the author's craft, the author or the text itself.
Examples of questions
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