Good readers transform their understanding of a text by combining their own understanding with information from other texts or sources. They monitor the overall meaning and themes of a text.
- go beyond the literal meaning of a text to an inferential level.
- retell or synthesize to better understand what they have read
- may respond to text through written, oral, dramatic, and artistic interpretations
As you synthesize your understanding of the story changes.
Categorizing books by theme requires the readers to synthesize.
Forms and Resources:
Texts for Teaching Synthesizing:
- Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie
- Fables by Arnold Lobel
- Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
- Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
- Enemy Pie by Derek Munson and Tara Calahan King
- The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
- See the Ocean by Estelle Condra
- Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
- The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor
- Tea With Milk by Allen Say
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