Tips for Home Reading


Focus:  Clarifying the meaning of unknown words.

When reading, students often come across words they do not understand. Continuing to read without full understanding, can significantly affect a child's comprehension of the text, therefore it is essential they clarify the meaning of unknown words before moving on.

Clarifying strategies:
Read to the end of the sentence/passage to see what the sentence is referring to.

  • Swap the challenging word with another of a similar meaning.
  • If the word begins with a capital letter it could be a proper noun (the name of a person, place or specific thing) therefore needs no further clarification.
  • Look for 'words within words'. Words made up of other words can assist in meaning clarification, ie the word 'sunlight' is made up of 'sun' and 'light' - referring to the light from the sun.
  • Refer to illustrations.
Additional clarifying strategies when reading non-fiction (factual) texts:
  • Refer to the glossary for the meaning of topic specific terminology.
  • Look closely at labelled diagrams.
**Once the meaning of an unknown word has been clarified, it is essential the sentence or passage is then reread to confirm understanding of the challenging word in context.

Reading for meaning is a vital key to reading enjoyment. With a lack of understanding, reading becomes as significant as reading a word list - essential for general word recognition though uninspiring when repeated on a daily basis.


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