+ Comprehension Strategies: Watch Yourself Thinking

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Your mind is speaking while you read.  Most of us aren’t aware of it. 

In the book “Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction,” Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann contend that comprehension can be taught directly.

From Chapter One, here is  a list of metacognitive strategies — strategies for listening to the voice in your mind that speaks while you read.

  • Monitoring for meaning —  knowing when you know, knowing when you don’t know
  • Using and creating schema — making connections between the new and the known, building and activating background knowledge
  • Asking questions — generating questions before, during, and after reading that lead you deeper into the text
  • Determining importance — deciding what matters most, what is worth remembering
  • Inferring — combining background knowledge with information from the text to predict, conclude, make judgements, interpret
  • Using sensory and emotional image — creating mental images to deepen and stretch meaning
  • Synthesizing — creating an evolution of meaning by combining understanding with knowledge from other texts/sources

Mosaic of Thought: the Power of Comprehension Strategy,” by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann, 2nd ed. is published by Heinemann Publishing, 2007.  ISBN  13:978-0-325-01035-9; and 10:0-325-01035-8

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