Developing Strategic Readersby: Jennifer Jones and Susie Leahy

Journal Article

As elementary students progress from learning to read toward reading to learn, it is vital that they become strategic readers. A strategic reader is one who understands when and how to use a strategy in order to comprehend text. While some students use strategies naturally during the reading process, most students must be taught how to actively think during reading. The strategies presented here--Question-Answer-Relationships (QARs), Wonder Notebooks, and Reciprocal Questioning (ReQuest)--aim to do just that and are appropriate for use with science texts.

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  • on Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:50 PM

This article was very insightful and it was interesting to read how literary strategies can enhance student understanding when reading science-based text. Science-based text can be dense and overwhelming for students; however, I believe utilizing the mentioned techniques keeps students active in their learning and enhances their understanding.


  • on Sat May 07, 2011 5:54 PM

We must not assume that students can learn to read difficult text without serious support. This article outlines the need for and how to give that support to your students.

Wendy Ruchti  (Pocatello, ID)
Wendy Ruchti (Pocatello, ID)

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