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ERIC Number: ED497119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-6675
Do You Get It? Using Reading Strategy Awareness to Promote Understanding
MacDonald, Jeanette
National Middle School Association (NJ3), Middle Ground v10 n4 p20-22 Apr 2007
When the author asked her eighth-grade students to list some reading strategies, they were well prepared to answer her. But when she asked them how they knew they did not understand what they were reading--in other words, how they knew they need to use these reading strategies--they were unable to produce an explanation. She launched an action research project with her seventh and eighth graders with the goal of making reading strategies real to them. Students asked themselves the following questions: (1) How do I know when I don't understand what I am reading? (2) What reading strategies could I be using? (3) What strategies am I using? (4) How do I make the invisible process of reading strategies visible? and (5) How can I turn reading strategies information into a graph or chart? Through this many-faceted process the seventh and eighth grade students were able to see in a novel light how they used reading strategies. Turning metacognitive reading processes into data and then into a graph was a unique and useful approach. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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