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Reading Strategies

Be a better reader

Site: Westsyde Secondary
Course: English 8
Book: Reading Strategies
Printed by: Guest user
Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 6:24 AM

Independent Reading


  • to read a text of choice for 15-20 minutes at the start of class.

Acceptable text choices:

1. any book - i.e., novel, graphic novel, short stories, poetry, comic books, etc.

2. non-fiction - i.e., biographies, sports, how-to's, magazines, newspaper, Top 100, etc

Online material is not a choice at this time.  I will review individual reading effort before allowing online texts.

Reading Interest Survey

Pick a favourite passage

After reading a story or a chapter, draw a scene from the text. Sometimes sketching and creating images can show a better understanding of the story than any written work. 

Track Your Thinking


17-Word Summaries

After reading a short story or a chapter in a novel, take some time to write a very short summary of what happened.  This "re-telling" can help you know if you understand what you are reading.

Bonus learning:

  • Practice summarizing
  • Give close attention to sentence structure (use a variety of punctuation)
  • Zoom in on word choice

Reading Strategies (posters)




Clues from the text can range from single words to ideas to whole events.  

1.  Prefix, root, suffix

Readers can infer (guess) the meaning of a word based on it's prefixes, roots, and suffixes.  

Greek and Latin Roots