Reading Support

  • Reading Strategies of the Month

    Each month teachers focus on a particular reading strategy.


    September: Schema/Mental Images/Making Connections That Facilitate Comprehension

    Developing reading stamina and choosing good fit books.

    1. Schema- background knowledge
    2. Mental Images
    3. Connections:
    • Text to self (TS) - Connections readers make between the text and their past experiences or background knowledge.
    • Text to Text (TT) - Connections readers make between the text they are reading and another text.
    • Text to World (TW) - Connections readers make between the text and bigger issues, events or concerns of society and the world at large.


    October: Elements of Literature

    • Examples:
    • Character
    • Setting
    • Plot
    • Determine themes and summarize key supporting details.
    • Using the elements of literature, compare and contrast two or more literary texts and continue this throughout the year.


    November: Character’s Point of View

    • Grade 3-Distinguish own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
    • Grade 4- Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first and third person narrations.
    • Grade 5- Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
    • Grade 6- Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


    December: Figurative Language

    • Interpret words and phrases
    • Analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone of text.


    January: Questioning and Inferring

    • Ask and answer questions referring explicitly to the text when answering questions and making inferences.


    February: Text structures and features in fiction and nonfiction


    March: Research to build knowledge while teaching students to recognize the text features of compare/contrast and cause/effect


    April: Author’s Purpose/Author’s Point of View

    Author’s Purpose

    • Persuade
    • Inform
    • Entertain

    Author’s Point of View

    • Grade 3 - Distinguish their own point of view from the author of a text
    • Grade 4 - Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
    • Grade 5 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
    • Grade 6 - Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.


    May: Determine Main Idea and Summarize Text


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