Choosing a Purpose for Reading Bookmark


Tip: Choosing a Purpose for Reading Bookmark

How do I do it?
All students benefit from having a reason to read a text but it is essential for language learners to identify a purpose for their reading.  Talk with students about the different reasons we read.  Bring in a variety of examples: cookbooks, traffic signs, newspapers, medicine labels, textbooks, study guides, posters, letters, bills etc.  Next, direct student volunteers to give specific examples of reasons they read.  Talk about how our purpose for reading will change how we read.  For example, if we are reading a letter to enjoy hearing from a friend, we may not be too focused on particular details but if we read an historical letter from a president to a world leader as part of a social studies lesson, we may be more focused on the major ideas and facts in the letter.  Create a bookmark or poster that students can refer to before they read a text.  Keep in mind there may be more than one purpose for reading.

Variations & Extensions
Students can add to a wall chart as they discover more purposes for reading.  Practice modeling reading a text whole class for different purposes and the complementary reading strategy.  For example, when reading a social studies chapter to summarize the key ideas, model highlighting names, dates, and events.  Then when reading the same text to answer a specific question, model reading headings and skimming the section identified as the likely place to find the answer.

Common Core ELA Reading Standard 10
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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