Good Readers Use 7 Keys to Unlock Meaning
1. Create mental images: Good readers create a wide range of visual, auditory, and other
sensory images as they read, and they become emotionally involved with what they read.
2.Use background knowledge: Good readers use their relevant prior knowledge before,
during, and after reading to enhance their understanding of what they're reading.
3.Ask questions: Good readers generate questions before, during, and after reading to clarify
meaning, make predictions, and focus their attention on what's important.
4. Make inferences: Good readers use their prior knowledge and information from what they read
to make predictions, seek answers to questions, draw conclusions, and create interpretations that deepen
their understanding of the text.
5. Determine the most important ideas or themes: Good readers identify key
ideas or themes as they read, and they can distinguish between important and unimportant information.
6.Synthesize information: Good readers track their thinking as it evolves during reading, to
get the overall meaning.
7.Use fix up strategies: Good readers are aware of when they understand and when they
don't. If they have trouble understanding specific words, phrases, or longer passages, they use a wide range
of problem solving strategies including skipping ahead, rereading, asking questions, using a dictionary, and
reading the passage aloud.
7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get it!
Authors: Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins.