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Strategies to Comprehend NonFiction Texts

Thinking Activities from Journey North


Content Area Reading:

20 Strategies to Comprehend Nonfiction Texts

Explore the thinking strategies students need to use

before, during, and after reading

 to improve comprehension of nonfiction selections:

Activate Prior Knowledge

Adjust Reading Rate/Rereading

Ask Questions: Before, During, and After Reading

Classify or Categorize Information

Compare and Contrast Ideas

Distinguish Facts from Opinions

Identify and Analyze Text Structure

Identify Author’s Purpose: Why Did the Author Write the Selection?

Identify Author’s Viewpoint: What Does the Author Think?

Identify Main Ideas and Supporting Details

Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions

Make Generalizations

Make and Refine Predictions


Recognize Cause and Effect Relationships

Sequence Events

Summarize Information

Synthesize New Information

Use Context Clues to Decipher Unfamiliar Words

Visualize Images From Text