Skilled readers make predictions before they read and revise their
predictions as they read. Predicting makes reading a book even more exciting
because you are actively involved with the writing and want to know how your
predictions compare to what the author wrote. It is almost like a conversation
between you and the author.
What is Predicting?
Predicting is SMART guessing! It is taking what you already know about a
topic, pulling in pictures, headings, information in the first paragraph and
making a smart guess about what the story is about, or what is going to happen.
How will making predictions help me in my reading?
Predicting makes you an important part of the story. It draws you into the
story to see what will happen and that makes your brain very active while
you read. It also helps you understand the story because you have used what
you already know (your prior knowledge) to make predictions.
- Gather these materials: paper, pencil/pen/markers, and of course, have
your computer handy.
- Choose a story, article, or chapter for a lesson you need to do.
- Now, look at the title and the picture.
- Brainstorm ideas about what the story might be about.
- What does the title tell you?
- Do you recognize the scene? Have you ever been in a similar situation?
- What do you know about the picture from your own experience?
- Where does the story take place?
- Who are the characters?
- Is it in the future, the past, or the present?
- It is a real story, or something like a fairy-tale or fantasy?
- Can you tell how the characters are feeling? (happy, sad, scared,
confused, strong, excited, etc.)
- What do you think will happen in this story?
- There’s one more place to check. Read the first paragraph.
- Does the first paragraph change your prediction?
- Using the beginning of the story, and all the clues you found in the picture
and the title, write up a prediction for the story.
Here is an example of how you might start your prediction writing:
The title of the story I read is: __________. It was written by _________.
From the title of the story, I predict that _________ because _________.
The picture that goes with the story made me think about what might happen.
I thought that _________because __________.
When I read the first paragraph, I figured out more about the story. I
think what’s going to happen is ________because __________.
Now the best part! Read the story and see how the author told the story.