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Strategies for Helping Readers

Curriculum Strategies for Reading

Strategies for Helping Readers

Reading strategies can help any reader improve their skills. But which strategies are the ones that work?

Listen to a Reading Expert

Listen as reading expert Suzanne Clewell explains.

"Oh, I'm glad you asked that. The National Reading Panel Report which came out in 2001 and was a report authorized by Congress on finding out what are the best ways to teach reading … The panel identified a number of strategies that are high utility strategies that cross over many different kinds of reading whether it’s storybook reading, procedural reading or reading for information."

"Some of these strategies are identifying a purpose for reading, monitoring reading comprehension, being able to use graphic organizers or patterns that show relationships of ideas in a book, being able to answer questions, being able to generate questions, being able to summarize. And one that we don’t often think about a lot is thinking about what you know, accessing background knowledge on a topic before you read because that’s very important in setting a purpose."

As a teacher, you can help students by teaching, modeling, and helping students use these proven strategies:

Reading Strategies




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