writes that, “Good readers monitor their comprehension. They know when
the text is making sense and when it isn’t. They recognize signals that
indicate when they are understanding what they are reading, and when they are confused.
Good readers separate themselves from struggling readers when they recognize that they are confused and then do something
to repair meaning. Good readers use “fix-up” strategies, which can
be taught to readers at any age.” A fix-up
strategy is defined as any strategy used by a reader to help get unstuck when the text becomes confusing.
Make a connection between the text and the following:
knowledge of the world
Make a prediction.
Stop and think about what you have already read.
Ask yourself a question and try to answer it.
Reflect in writing about what you have read.
Use print conventions.
Retell what you’ve read.
Notice patterns in text structure.
Adjust your reading rate: slow down or speed up.
for Getting “Unstuck”
Trust the author.
Don’t panic if at first the text doesn’t make sense. The author will
slowly tell you more to help clear up confusion.
Ask questions. Someone else may have the same question, or someone else
may be able to help you.
Slow down. Read, reread, and retell what you’ve read.
It’s okay to go back! Sometimes readers go back and reread confusing parts.
further reading, see Do I Really Have to Teach Reading, Chapters 1 and 6.