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How to Read Well
The reading CAFE is a workshop approach to teach reading strategies that align with the first grade state standards. As a whole class, the students are taught a reading strategy and then given time to practice this strategy independently. They continue to practice these strategies throughout the year during Read to Self and Read to Someone (two components of Daily Five). During this process, the students will conference with me individually and in small groups as well with a partner during read to someone. An explanation of each strategy will be sent home when each strategy is introduced in class. Please keep these and use these to help your child improve his/her reading. I have also listed the key behaviors that support reading in our classroom. Please take a moment to discuss these behaviors with your child.
Comprehension- I understand what I read.
-Check for Understanding
-Back up and Reread
-Monitor and Fix Up
-Retell the story
-Use prior knowledge to connect with text
-Make a picture or mental image
-Ask questions throughout the reading process
-Predict what will happen, use text to confirm
-Infer and support with evidence
-Use text features (titles, headings, captions, graphic features)
-Summarize text, include sequence of main events
-Use main idea and supporting details to determine importance
-Determine and analyze author’s purpose and support with text
-Recognize literary elements (genre, plot, character, setting, problem/resolution)
-Recognize and explain cause and effect relationships
-Compare and contrast within and between text
Accuracy- I can read the words
-Cross Checking: Do the pictures and/or words look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?
-Use the pictures: Do the words and pictures match?
-Use beginning sounds and ending sounds
-Blend sounds, stretch and read
-Flip the sounds
-Chunk letters and sounds together
-Skip the word then come back
-Trade a word/guess a word that makes sense
Fluency- I can read accurately, with expression and understand what I read
-Read appropriate level text that are a “Good Fit”
-Practice common sight words and high frequency words
-Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text
-Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc)
Expand Vocabulary- I know, find and use interesting words
-Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in my speaking and writing
-Use pictures, illustrations and diagrams
-Use words parts to determine meaning of words (prefixes, suffixes, origins, abbreviations)
-Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning
-Ask someone to define the word for you
-Use dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries as tools
Behaviors That Support Reading:
-Get started right away
-Stay in one place
-Read the whole time
-Select and read “Good Fit” books
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