Reading Comprehension

Some principal strategies for reading comprehension

  1. Identify your purpose in reading a text.
  2. Apply spelling rules and conventions for bottom-up decoding.
  3. Use lexical analysis (prefixes, roots, suffixes, etc.) to determine meaning.
  4. Guess at meaning (of words, idioms, etc.) when you aren’t certain.
  5. Skim the text for the gist and for main ideas.
  6. Scan the text for specific information (names, dates, key words).
  7. Use silent reading techniques for rapid processing.
  8. Use marginal notes, outlines, charts, or semantic maps for understanding and retaining information.
  9. Distinguish between literal and implied meanings.
  10. Capitalize on discourse markers to process relationships.
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