Talking to the Text

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Earlier this school year, Grade 8 Humanities Teacher Jaime Groeller worked with her students to purposefully engage them in Active Reading.  Below is an excerpt from her class blog around “Talking to the Text”.  Inspired by a student video created by Portfolio Leader, Rick Fawcett, she created a PDF document for students and teachers to refer to when utilizing the 7 strategies.
In class, we did a mini-lecture and lesson on some reading strategies we like to call “Talking to the Text.” The focus of these strategies is to encourage students to be more aware of what they are doing while they are reading, and to know how to engage in ACTIVE reading. When reading for school, or for work, or even sometimes for pleasure, it’s useful to ensure the time we spend reading is as effective as possible.
Enter: Talking to the Text, or TttT for short!
The 7 TttT strategies are:

  • determining importance
  • monitoring understanding
  • making connections
  • questioning
  • making inferences
  • visualizing
  • summarizing

To get a handle on these strategies, students read a current events article, using highlighters to make their use of the reading strategies visible to them, and me.
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<p><a href=”″>Talking to the Text Reading Strategies</a> from <a href=”″>Jaime Groeller</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>