Stage 5 — Strategic Reading
In the Strategic Reading stage, word recognition skills are automatic. Children routinely use reading comprehension strategies, including a number of basic “fix up” strategies when they fail to understand something they read. Because they make regular use of these strategies, reading comprehension continues to grow. Successful strategic readers grow in their ability to analyze what they read and react critically to the different viewpoints they encounter.
Strategic readers are able to deal with layers of facts and concepts, and integrate new information with things they’ve already learned. For the strategic reader, reading can be utilized as a tool for acquiring new knowledge. Before this stage, the student relied on the environment or the spoken word to acquire new knowledge. As the student enters the strategic reader stage, reading is used increasingly to gain new information. This stage is also characterized by the growing importance of word meaning and prior knowledge.
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List of Typical Behaviors at This Stage:
- Automatic word recognition and fluent reading
- Reads aloud with fluency any text that is appropriately designed for grade level
- Regularly uses strategies to aid comprehension
- Selects the appropriate strategy to fit the need
- Responds to increased demands of the text
- Reading comprehension is generally better than listening comprehension
- Reads a wide variety of texts
- Understands more than one point of view
- Deals with more than one set of facts and theories, though integration may still be at a beginning level
- 2Key Terms
- 3Literacy Diagram
- 4Literacy: A Cornerstone of College and Career Readiness
- 5Literacy Skills Develop Over Time
- 6“Texts” Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- 7Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills
- 8Oral Language and the Reading Connection
- 9Unlocking Meaning: Vocabulary is the Key
- 10The Vocabulary Gap
- 11How Do Reading Skills Develop?
- 12How Do We Become Good Readers?
- 13Five Components of Reading
- 14Phonemic Awareness
- 19Comprehension — Putting the Pieces Together
- 20Developmental Stages of Reading
- 21Stage 1 — Visual Cue Word Recognition
- 22Stage 2 — Phonetic Cue Word Recognition
- 23Stage 3 — Controlled Word Recognition
- 24Stage 4 — Automatic Word Recognition
- 25Stage 5 — Strategic Reading
- 26Stage 6 — Proficient Adult Reading
- 27How’s My Reading?
- 28The Power of Writing!
- 29How Writing Skills Develop
- 30Why Literacy Is Important
- 31Preventing Summer Learning Loss
- 32Literacy Everywhere
- 33Deepen Your Understanding
- 34Listen to Students Read Aloud
- 35The Value of Good Questions
- 36Motivation — A Key to Promoting Positive Reading Behaviors
- 37Literacy Skills Affect Future Success and Civic Participation
- 38Learn More Library
- 41Check for Understanding