Making Predictions from Implied Meaning from Text Read Aloud

Making Predictions from Implied Meaning from Text Read Aloud
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Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Basic comprehension skills are one of the things we want to teach children who are learning to read. One way to do that is through practicing predicting. In this lesson, we'll look at exactly what this entails and how to teach it to emergent readers.


When we're watching movies, we like to be surprised. We love to be able to say, 'Whoa! I did not see that coming.' Well, as much as we like a twist, there is still something to be said for being able to predict what's coming. This is especially true when teaching children to read. In the world of literacy, predicting refers to using pictures, titles, texts, and other clues within a book, as well as personal experiences to make predictions. What will this book be about? What's going to happen next? Being able to predict is actually really important. This skill helps students connect new information with what they already know and improves comprehension. Sometimes, there are things you want to be predictable.

Predicting and Reading Aloud

Throughout elementary school, predicting is something that we continually work on with kids. For students who are already comfortable with reading, we encourage them to look at titles, chapter headings, and things like that to predict what sort of information they will be reading about. However, predicting is actually a skill that we can start teaching even before children are fully literate. For preschoolers working on emergent literacy, the skills needed before achieving actual literacy, predicting is still one of the one of the useful skills we teach. By learning how to predict before even learning fully how to read, young students prepare their minds for processing textual information, which makes the acquisition of literacy that much easier. But what this means, is that we can't rely on these students to make predictions from chapter titles, etc., because they can't actually read yet. So, we need to know how to help students make predictions while we read to them out loud.

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