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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reading Strategies and Activities

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Structured Overview

What is structured overview?

Structured overview is a reading strategy that utilizes a graphic organizer to identify the top and key words. It is essentially a verbal, visual or written outline of a topic. 

Why use a structured overview?

This strategy helps students relate to concepts with their background schema.  It helps students link new information to existing knowledge.  It encourages students to think about relationships between ideas along with learning to categorize ideas.  The strategy also supports the acquisition of new vocabulary words.

How can teachers use a structured overview?

Structured overviews are helpful when introducing a new concept.  The new ideas may be broken down into key words or phrases while relating these phrases to current knowledge and previous concepts.  By introducing these new concepts in verbal, written and visually, students are better able to learn new concepts and connect ideas.

Click HERE for a free example from Naplan Teaching Strategies.

Click HERE for a free example of an organizer from

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You may also like this reading strategies resource from our TpT store. It includes the structured overview strategy.

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In this literacy worksheet packet, you will receive reading comprehension activities for any subject (science, social studies, language arts) and any nonfiction text.

You will receive the following strategies:
Before and After
Structured Overview
Making Predictions
Think Sheets
Read the Pictures
Text Layout
Graphic Organizers
Add, Zoom, Flashback, Squeeze
Two Point Strategy

These are great reading strategies to use for any nonfiction text!


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