Reading comprehension strategies

Good readers are active when they read. They use a range of strategies to assist them to read and comprehend with fluency and accuracy.

This resource explicitly focuses on six of the key strategies used by “good” readers.

making connections

When you use the Making Connections strategy, you connect things you already know with new ideas and information that you are reading about.

Making connections

monitoring and clarifying

When you use the Monitoring strategy, you notice when something you are reading makes sense and when it does not, and you think about why this is so.

When you use the Clarifying strategy, you take action to understand and figure something out when what you are reading does not make sense.

Monitoring and Clarfying

predicting and inferring

When you use the Predicting strategy, you find clues in the text, such as the title and the pictures, and use them to make a really good guess at what you think the text will be about before you read.

When you use the Inferring strategy, as you read, you think and feel something that the author has not actually stated, but has given enough clues for the reader to believe it could be so.

Predicting and Inferring


When you use the Questioning strategy, you ask questions to help clarify and understand the ideas and information you are reading. You ask questions before you read, while you are reading, and after you have finished reading.



When you use the Summarizing strategy, you think about what you know and understand to be the most important ideas the author is including in the text.



When you use the Visualizing strategy, you think about what you “see” as you read. You form a picture in your mind of what you are reading about. You use your senses to help you to build this picture.