We developed this Reading Mantra here at Truganina College as a brief, visual guide to help support our students develop their thinking and deepen their understanding of what they are reading. Students use this across the College during reading.
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The following video shows students using the Reading Mantra for deeper understanding.
We developed this Maths Mantra here at Truganina College as a brief guide to help support our students thinking when they are responding/solving Maths problems. It’s simply a structured way for them to think about how to do this.
Truganina College has a strong focus on developing and extending reading comprehension skills.
Here you will find useful resources to support your child’s reading comprehension at home.
‘See, Think, Wonder’ is a thinking strategy to develop an understanding of the text.
This strategy can be used when reading a picture storybook or a longer text for enjoyment. It can promote deeper thinking while reading non-fiction books (science, humanities, history). Students can use it when they read any text containing photographs or pictures.
This video shows how teachers use ‘See, Think, Wonder’ strategy at Truganina College to develop metacognition.
Click to see a list of questions you can ask your child during reading.
Student Work sample.
Predicting is a comprehension strategy that requires students to make an educated guess about what is going to happen in the story. Students need to use information in the pictures, text, title and their prior knowledge to make an educated guess about the story.
Questions to ask your child before, during and after reading.
What do you think the book is going to be about? Why?
What do you think is going to happen next? Why?
What do you think might happen now? Why?
This video shows how teachers use this strategy to promote deeper thinking about stories through prediction.
Inferring is a comprehension strategy that requires students to make an educated guess about a part of the story they are reading. Students need to use the evidence in the story such as the pictures, words and phrases to understand more than what is directly found in the book.
Students can infer character emotions and guess the meaning of unknown words using the clues in the text to help them.
This video shows how teachers use this strategy to promote deeper thinking about stories through inferring.
Summaring and Retelling is a comprehension strategy to help students focus on the important parts of the story and communicate this to a teacher, friend or family member.
This strategy can be used after reading any piece of writing. After reading ask your child:
Can you tell me what happened in the story?
Then what happened?
What happened at the end?
What was the most important part of the story?
This video shows how teachers and families can use support students to retell and summarise after reading.