More Really Practical Reading Goals form the Reading Strategies Book!

Hey there!  It's time for our weekly link-up with Teaching Little Miracles for:

Goal # 5 - Understanding Plot and Setting

Students "have to understand what's going be able to 'make a movie in their mind.'" (p.130)

Strategy 5.2 - Title Power

I love doing this with my students by asking them to predict what the book will be about based on the title.  By keeping the title in mind while reading, students can connect the problem back to the title.

The above book by Verna Aardema is one my favorite read-alouds, and the title helps students make easy predictions about the problem.

Check out the anchor chart from the book (just having access to these helpful and well thought out anchor charts is another benefit of buying The Reading Strategies Book!):

*5.11 - Retell What's Most Important by Making Connections to the Problem

"At and after levels M/N the characters often have multiple problems, both internal and external, and it's more likely that the problem is resolved instead of solved..." (p. 144)

I LOVE this strategy as an adult because not every story has a happy ending.  Sometimes getting to the solution is difficult, and the problem can't be solved the way you had hoped - what a great life lesson!

Have you noticed that some kids lead complicated lives full of multiple problems?  Making connections continues to be a meaningful strategy.

In addition, this strategy highlights the importance of developing those higher level thinking skills throughout school, and through our reading, we can learn important lessons.   The difference between resolved vs. solved is huge and difficult to grasp for many.

*5.16 - Summarizing with "Somebody...Wanted...But...So..."

 Summarizing is one of those extra important skills, and this strategy really breaks it down easily and helpfully with a formula!

 Goal #6 - Thinking About Characters

*6.1 How's the character feeling

 This anchor chart makes me so excited because it's interactive and can be used with multiple stories.  Plus, we all know how much kids LOVE to write on sticky notes!

Again, the prompts for the strategy involve checking the picture for clues on how the character feels as well as noticing what the character says.

*6.9 Text Clue/Background Knowledge Additions

I'm just in love with this anchor chart and making inferences - one of my favorite reading strategies!

*6.12 Empathize to Understand

My favorite book to teach empathy is Just Grace Walks The Dog:

Grace uses her "empathy power" frequently!  

According to my son, Andrew, who just became an official pharmacist, empathy is a key skill in his interactions with people!

Today is a perfect 10 day so I'm hoping to get outside after I finish procrastinating to do my cleaning chores by blogging!  Enjoy your day!



  1. Hi Susan! I love the interactive anchor chart too--and the book is just filled with them. I saw a cool idea that has to do with those visuals...hoping to share on Friday's post.

    Thanks for linking up!


    1. Hey Crystal! thanks again for starting this link-up - I really needed an incentive to dig into this useful book. Making better anchor charts is always one of my goals!

  2. I, too, liked the anchor chart on inferring -- such an important part of reading comprehension, and this chart breaks it down for students to be able to "get."
    Hope you enjoyed your "perfect 10 day"!

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I want to make more interactive type anchor charts like the ones in this book. Whoever made these charts is so talented!

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