Tips for Reading Literary Selections

As your child reads for stories (literary books) help him/her use these reading strategies to enhance his/her understanding.

Before Reading:

1) Preview the Book: Look at the pictures with your child and talk about what you see. Ask: "What do think will happen in this story?"

During Reading:

1) Make Connections: Help your child make comparisions with what s/he already knows. For example, if s/he is reading a story about a child who is moving, you can ask, "How would you feel if you were Jane?" or "Has anything like that ever happened to you?"

2) Think About What Will Happen Next: Encourage your child to make predictions during reading. Say: "That girl is smiling at Jane. What do you think will happen now?"

After Reading:

1) Retell: Have your child to retell the story including important details. Say: "Tell me what happened in this story." Your child should use the character names (Jane and Sam) instead of "he" or "she." At first, let your child use the pictures to retell. As your child gets more proficient, keep the book closed for retelling.

2) Ask Questions: Check your child's understanding by asking questions that can be answered from the book. Ask: "What happened to Jane after she got home from school?" or "What was the problem in the story?" Next, have your child to ask you a question.