The Eight Reading Behaviours

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The Eight Reading Behaviours

The strategy can be used to improve reading standards and literacy across the curriculum.

The strategy has been implemented in primary and secondary schools and has proven to have a significant impact on pupils attitudes to reading, the quality and quantity of work produced and the standards achieved at the end of the year.

Why do we read :- For pleasure and to gain understanding


The 8 Reading Behaviours

  1. Acitvating Prior Knowledge

  2. Self Monitoring

  3. Questioning

  4. Visualising

  5. Making connections

  6. Analyse and Infer

  7. Analyse and Evaluate

  8. Summarise


Activating Prior Knowledge

  • Finding out what the children already know

  • Clarifying what the work/story is going to be about

  • Reflecting on what you initially thought

  • Modelling- showing the children how you would do it.


Self Monitor

  • Show children passsages with inconsistencies

  • Re-read to help understanding

  • Identify what they are confused about



  • Ask questions before, during and after a text

  • Model - ask your own questions

  • Stop at points – have your questions changed? Do you have more?

  • Discuss different types of questions ( closed or open ended )



  • Model – tell the children what you can see/imagine

  • Get the children to close their eyes when thinking

  • Reveal gradually – one sentence at a time

  • Share ideas

 Making Connections

  • text to self comparisons
  • text to text comparisons
  • text to world comparisons


Analyse and Infer

  • judging the text
  • making statements about the unknown

a way to identify misunderstandings or missed meanings


Analyse and Evaluate

  •  The ability to make judgments about uselfulness

and value of a text and explain why


  • identifying key elements

  • condensing important information

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