One of the challenges of teaching students to use strategies for making meaning of text is helping students synthesize a series strategies into a logical process for previewing, making meaning, summarizing and reacting to the author’s message or argument. The Three Stages of Good Reading guide is meant to help students practice the steps start-to-finish when students process a new piece of text for general meaning , clarifying confusion, activating schema, identify the author’s main ideas/arguments, etc. Once students are proficient at the process, these steps can be applied authentically directly to text.
The Three Stages of Good Reading process is not intended to replace disciplinary reading strategies where “content determines process,” in ELA, Science, Social Students, Math, etc. This is an initial process to support general understanding of the text and can be used as the first-read in a close reading process in the disciplines prior to reading again with the lens of the discipline.