Hi! I’m joining up with a few of my favorite teacher bloggers for a book study of Jennifer Serravallo’s Reading Strategies Book. Join us as we focus in on a few of our favorite reading strategies.
I will be sharing my thoughts and takeaways from Goal 7 – Theme & Ideas. If you would like to read about the first five goals, check them out here:
Goal 1 – Supporting Pre-Emergent and Emergent Readers
Goal 2 – Teaching Reading Engagement
Goal 3 – Supporting Print Work
Goal 4 – Teaching Fluency
Goal 5 – Understanding Plot and Setting
Goal 6 – Thinking About Characters
Notice a Pattern and Give Advice (7.1)
With this strategy, readers are using what they know to form an inference. They look for patterns a character is repeating. Then think, “Should that character be doing that?” And, give advice to that character.
Serravello offers the following prompts to get ideas flowing:
~ Start with, “You should ______.”
~ What’s the pattern here?
~ What would you tell the character?
inference practice pages in my classroom :For additional practice, I use these
Book-to-Book Connections (7.11)
This strategy is as straight forward as it sounds. It requires students to make connections from one book to another. Although the idea itself seems simple, it’s extremely helpful to have some tools to help facilitate these connections. The Reading Strategies Book provides the following anchor chart suggestion.
“Aha Moment” (7.21)
With this strategy, students look for a passage where the character reflects. Then ask, “What is the message from this passage? How does it relate to the theme?”
These character reflections are a result of special time when the author lets us into the characters mind and are usually found near the end of a story. Such moments provide readers with extra help determining what one of the lessons might be.
I like to think of this as looking for the “Wow” moment. The moment a character has says, “Wow,…..” and comes to a conclusion. Even young children can understand theme when it’s put into that context.
Our study takes a look at just a few of Serravallo’s strategies. Her book offers so much more! I encourage you to check it out for yourself. If you’d like your own copy just click on the picture below:
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