Focus: Clarifying the meaning of unknown words.
When reading, students often come across words they do not understand. Continuing to read without full understanding, can significantly affect a child's comprehension of the text, therefore it is essential they clarify the meaning of unknown words before moving on.
Read to the end of the sentence/passage to see what the sentence is referring to.
- Swap the challenging word with another of a similar meaning.
- If the word begins with a capital letter it could be a proper noun (the name of a person, place or specific thing) therefore needs no further clarification.
- Look for 'words within words'. Words made up of other words can assist in meaning clarification, ie the word 'sunlight' is made up of 'sun' and 'light' - referring to the light from the sun.
- Refer to illustrations.
- Refer to the glossary for the meaning of topic specific terminology.
- Look closely at labelled diagrams.
Reading for meaning is a vital key to reading enjoyment. With a lack of understanding, reading becomes as significant as reading a word list - essential for general word recognition though uninspiring when repeated on a daily basis.