Reading Strategies a la Bank Street College

Bank Street College has a nice overview of reading strategies you can teach to budding readers in order to help them become better comprehenders of text.

The section on pre-reading strategies provides guidance on how you can help children learn to:

  • predict
  • activate background knowledge
  • conduct a picture walk
  • notice text structure
  • formulate a purpose for reading

The section on during-reading strategies discusses cuing and self-monitoring systems, as well as tips for helping readers when they make mistakes as they read.

Post-reading strategies are discussed at the bottom of this page. They include:

  • conducting a retell
  • telling your favorite parts of the story
  • answering questions
  • comparing the story to another book
  • writing a new ending
  • drawing a picture
  • playing a game related to the story

Bank Street also provides examples of literacy games you can play after reading a text, as well as writing activities that build both decoding and comprehension skills.

One thing I like about all of the aforementioned Bank Street resources is that they are straightforward to follow and understand (and they don’t require much prep time!). Therefore, they are great links to share with parents, grandparents, volunteers and tutors that are interested in helping young children learn how to read.

Thanks Bank Street!



1 Response to “Reading Strategies a la Bank Street College”

  1. 1 Linda April 6, 2008 at 8:01 pm


    Thanks for pointing out this great resource! I will bookmark your blog and that site.

    I am a beginning 5th grade teacher and found this book to be incredibly helpful this year — “Differentiating Reading Instruction” by Laura Robb. It shows teachers (grades 4 and up) how to meet the needs of students with mixed reading levels within one class. I gained a great insight into this “juggling act” from Robb and have implemented many of the lessons and strategies found in her book.

    Her compassion for students, teachers and parents really touched me too. I plan on reading more of her books, because apparently she’s been teaching a long time!

    Hope this helps some other teachers out there — newbies and veterans alike!


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