Resource Image Developing Strategic Readers

by: Jennifer Jones and Susie Leahy
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: Science and Children
Publication Date: 11/1/2006
Grade Level: Elementary School


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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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Asking questions
Collecting data
Scientific habits of mind
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Educational research, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Learning theory, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
      • Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
      • Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
    • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • Scientific investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing the answer with what scientists already know about the world. (K-4)
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
      • Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
      • Focus and support inquiries while interacting with students.
      • Orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.
      • Challenge students to accept and share responsibility for their own learning.

User Reviews

Very important!
  Wendy Ruchti (Pocatello, ID) on May 7, 2011
  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.