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Reading For Meaning
What will we be learning today?


  • In this lesson, we are going to learn how to think while you are reading.


  • Good readers think about what they are reading while they are reading.

  • Are you a good reader?

  • Do you think about what you are reading?

  • What is happening in your head while you are reading?
    If you said nothing then there is work to do.
    If you find yourself confused, there is work to do.
    If you find yourself thinking about what you are reading, there is still work to do.


  • Readers must learn to use the same set of skills all the time.

  • No matter what you read or how hard it is, you use the same set of skills.

  • What you do to understand a book about animals, plants, cars, pets, news, TV stars, singers and so on doesn't change. It doesn't even matter if the story is true or made up.

  • There will always be certain things for you to think about so that you really learn to understand what you are reading. Practicing these skills makes reading get easier and easier!


  • As you read your story today, think about what you are reading.

  • Ask yourself: What does this story make you think of?

  • What does this story remind you of?

  • In other words, what is it about the story that makes you think of something else in your life?


  • If I read a story about a pet store, it might make me think of my own dog, Max.

  • If I read a story about two people playing a game, I might think about the time I played basketball with a friend.

  • If I read a story about something scary, I may remember a time that I had a bad dream or was afraid.

  • See how that works? Reading can make you think of a lot of things! Knowing that will not only make you smarter, it will make reading more fun!


  • Understanding what you read makes you smarter.

  • Understanding what you read means you can tell others what you learn.

  • Understanding what you read means you can talk with another person about it.

  • Understanding what you read means you can ask questions about what you are reading.


Let's Review What We Learned Today!


  • As you read today be sure sure you ask yourself about what you are reading

  • What does this story or book remind me of?

  • Stop every now and then and ask that question. Don't worry if your answer is different each time. Different parts of a story can make you think of different things.