This PLC Guide focuses on Reading for Meaning, a reading and reasoning strategy that helps students understand new ideas, make inferences, and support their thinking with evidence. The strategy is designed around research showing that proficient readers use a specific set of thinking skills to build deep understanding of the texts they read and apply those skills in three distinct phases: before reading, during reading, and after reading. Reading for Meaning gives all students the opportunity to practice this three-phase approach by
- Using simple statements to preview and predict before reading.
- Actively searching for relevant evidence during reading.
- Reflecting on and synthesizing both their learning and their thinking process after reading.