Decoding and Comprehension
A beginning reader uses self-monitoring strategies to determine whether the sounds he/she is using for the letters make sense together to create a word she recognizes. This skill is known as decoding. Self-correcting is what helps kids go back and rethink the word when it doesn't sound right or it doesn't make sense in the context of a sentence. Explore the strategies below to learn more about decoding and self-correcting.
Why is this important?
If a student doesn't have adequate self-monitoring and self-correcting skills they will resort to guessing at words within their reading. These inaccuracies will ultimately make it challenging for the student to comprehend the text.
Tutor Tip: The Three Big Questions
There are three quick and easy questions that tutors can use to help students start to independently self monitor. After a student reads a sentence or word with an error, go back and reference that error. Then discuss each of the following questions with the student. Model your thinking with the student. Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?
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