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Comprehension Strategies Guide


Predicting (P) means guessing what will happen. By looking at what has happened in the story already, you can make informed predictions about what might happen next. A book’s cover, title, blurb, chapter titles and images also provide clues to help you.


Making Connections (MC) means linking information in the text to something in your own life (text to self), something that you read somewhere else (text to text) or something that you heard about on the television or the radio or from another person (text to world).


Visualising (V) means creating mental pictures based on the text and images.


Questioning (Q): I wonder … This involves asking questions about what you are reading while you read. Keep your mind active and dig deeper into the text.


Word Attack (WA): When you get stuck on a word, use the following bank of Word Attack skills to help you figure it out: ‘weather’


we, wet, the, her, he, eat, tea, heat


l a ke b oa t


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Look for a smaller word in the word.


Look at the beginning, middle and end of the word.


Look at the images. Is there a clue?


Make a guess. What would make sense?


Go back and re-read.


Use your dictionary or thesaurus.


al-li-ga-tor Prefix Root Suffix


Sound out the word. Break it up. Chunk it.


Do you recognise any prefixes, suffixes or root words?


SKIP IT! Skip the word and read the sentence to the end. e t n


Use the words around it. Put it in context.


Use your background knowledge.


Picture the word in your mind. What do you see?


Determining Importance (DI) means deciding what is relevant or irrelevant. If you were to tell a stranger what the text was about, what would be the key points?


Inferring (I) means reading between the lines.


Clarifying (C) means figuring out a word, a phrase or an idea that you don’t understand. Don’t give up! Re-read the text or ask for help to understand it more clearly. Summarising (S) means choosing the key points from the text.


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