4 Characteristics of a Successful Reader
by Jane McGivern Levine
Good readers of all ages share similar traits--four, to be exact--that not only help them to appreciate the literature in front of them, but also create an effective reader framework to improve comprehension and build critical reading skills. Does your child exhibit the following traits? If not, help him develop the secrets of successful readers.
Like detectives, good readers examine the evidence, make reasonable predictions, and draw conclusions. They determine meaning by searching for context, picture, and phonetic clues. Suffixes, prefixes, and root words, like little puzzle pieces, help them to decode and understand words. Successful readers also notice signal and transition words such as first, in conclusion, and for example. These words help to provide structure, establish sequence, and introduce new thoughts or actions.
All readers become confused or lose the meaning of the text sometimes, but successful readers know when to stop and reread the passage. They might even use a stickie-note to write a thought or question to answer later. A good reader also uses sensory clues and description to visualize characters, settings, and action. Some think of it as watching a movie playing in their minds.
Learning to identify the genre of a book can be beneficial, too. Is it a fantasy, mystery, or biography? Maybe it is an historical or science fiction novel. Each genre has its own specific structure. Biographies often follow a time-line format, while fantasies tend to be plot driven.
to choose appropriate materials
Children need to experiment to find books that are a good fit for them. Many discover a particular author or series that they enjoy. Others get recommendations from their friends, teachers, or librarians. There are so many wonderful books to choose from to meet every child's particular needs. Help your child to learn how to select wisely.
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