Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today, as you read, you were asked to monitor and clarify. This may be one of the most important reading comprehension strategies!
Sadly, when many of us read, we continue reading when we do not understand. We might not understand a word, a sentence, an idea, or an entire book! If you use the monitor and clarify strategy, it will help you greatly with your comprehension and understanding.
In order to monitor and clarify, you need to make sure you are constantly asking yourself some questions.
1. Do I understand what I'm reading?
2. If not, what will I do about it? Some ideas are to re-read, read ahead, use images and illustrations, or look at some outside sources such as a dictionary, thesaurus, or reliable website.
3. If I really do understand every single word, sentence, concept, and idea - what do I want to learn more about? How can I push my understanding beyond this text?
In your comment to this post, you need to include as much of the following information as you can:
1. What were you reading? Include the title and author.
2. What didn't you understand? Include the page and paragraph number.
3. What did you do about it?
4. What did you want to learn more about? How did you push your thinking beyond the information in the text?
5. Where did you find additional information?
6. What did you learn from this text or the additional resources you investigated?
7. Did you enjoy reading this book? Why or why not?
Thanks for pushing your thinking!
~ Mr. Moore, Ms. Vander Velde, and Ms. Thumm