I've wanted to come up with a clever way for students to remember their thinking for reading strategies. A list just seems too boring. One thing I've learned in BrainSMART is to connect information to parts of the body to make it more memorable. So I came up with this Good Reader Boy poster? (The original poster is shown to the right.)
The (updated) poster connects like this:
- Head: Think. Good readers monitor their own thinking while reading.
- Eyes: Infer. Good readers look for clues to draw conclusions, make predictions, and more.
- Nose: Importance. Good readers sniff out important details.
- Mouth: Questions. Good readers ask questions before, during and after reading.
- Heart: Visualize. Good readers love to make brain-movies while reading.
- Stomach: Schema. Good readers are hungry to connect their text to things they already know.
- Waist: Purpose. Good readers don't waste time ... they choose a purpose for reading and pick the best strategy.
- Hands: Synthesize. Good readers can 'put it all together' to retell and summarize.
- Knees: Monitor Comprehension. Good readers know they need to understand text, and know what to do when they don't.
- Feet: Text Structure. Good readers firmly understand the elements of a story and use it to help them understand.
The Good Readers Poster is available in the "Museum Gift Shop"