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Top 10 reading comprehension strategies of excellent readers

Children read while sitting in a street shelter
Children read while sitting in a street shelter
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There are many reading comprehension strategies that excellent readers can do to make reading successful. The more reading strategies that are in place, the better the reader will do at reading. There is so much research on reading comprehension strategies, many can be successfully implemented, but one of my favorite resources for reading success ideas are from my own classroom of 6th grade students.

My 6th graders came up with the best ideas for reading comprehension strategies to use when we were brainstorming and documenting ideas on chart paper to display in the classroom.

Here you will find the top 10 reading comprehension strategies that my classroom students picked as the most important:

Make Time to Read Often

The old adage still holds true that the more you read, the better you will get. Taking the time to just sit down and read is one of the most important ways to build strong reading comprehension strategies.


Going back and rereading the text is a great reading comprehension strategy to implement in case the reader missed something in the first reading and needs to gain a better understanding of the text.


Visualizing the story in your mind while reading is an excellent way to take the meaning of the text to a deeper comprehension level.

Make Connections

When you make connections from your own life to the text, it helps to gain a better understanding of the message that the writer is trying to convey.


Predicting what will happen next in the story can help the reader to make the story even more exciting and also help the reader to want to read more.


Drawing a conclusion upon reading a specific amount of text will aid the reader in thinking more intently about the story and also gain a deeper understanding of the text.

Take Notes

Using post-its or lined paper to jot down thoughts and ideas while reading is an excellent way to document thinking and the reader can also always go back and look at their notes for a refresher on what the text was about.

Find Your Appropriate Reading Level

Reading a book that is not too easy or too hard and is just right is an excellent way to get the most out of your reading experience.

Recommend Books

Recommending good books and taking suggestions for good books helps to make the excitement for reading increase. Sharing suggestions for good books is an excellent reading strategy to keep readers engaged and planning for future readings.

Read a Variety of Genres

Experiencing a variety of genres gives the reader a more in depth look at a range of writings. A reader can get stuck in one genre and could be missing out on a plethora of outstanding books.

Becoming an excellent reader entails the use of a range of reading comprehension strategies, but practice does make perfect so continual reading is imperative for reading success!

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