Synthesizing

When good readers read, their thinking grows as they progress through the text.  They might initially think one thing as they begin reading and their initial thoughts are sometimes challenged or added to later in the text.  Debbie Miller likens it to throwing a rock into a pond: “first there’s the splash, and then the water ripples out, making little waves that get bigger and bigger…as you read, your thinking evolves and the meaning gets bigger and bigger…” (Reading With Meaning, pg. 159)

The way that good readers predict works much this way.  A child may predict something based off the title or the picture on the front cover, but as the story unfolds, her prediciton is revealed to be off-base.  If she’s a good reader, she will recognize this and change her prediction to one that makes more sense with the new information she has read.  If she tries to hold on to her original prediction, even when faced with new information, the text will probably become difficult for her to comprehend.

I think what little Cory says in D. Miller’s book wraps up synthesizing rather well.  “Synthesizing is like putting a puzzle together.  You have to sort out your thinking and put it in the right place.” (pg. 168)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Please feel free to share with others by linking directly to my blog. All texts created by Becky are protected by

MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected
%d bloggers like this: