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    By imalith

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    I find that prereading is the most important aspect of any content area reading. If you spend about 7-10 minutes going over titles, vocabulary words, focus question and any other text features in the chapter, kids will be much more successful. If you are trying to motivate them, I believe a challenging question or an unanswered question that makes them curious is wonderful. Usually, these are questions you can pull right off a KWL from the first part of the unit.

    I don't believe there is just one great strategy that works for all kids. I think all the ideas you mentioned are great and it is best to mix it up so the kids have some variety.

    My personal favorite strategy is to have students fill in graphic organizers for the information I want them to learn. They are usually easy to grade and the kids need to look through the material and understand it in order to complete the organizer. I also like to put them into expert groups in order to have them write test questions and answers.

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