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Visualising is the reading strategy that helps your students create a picture in their head of what they’re reading, almost as if your students are making videos or movies in their heads, all built from their background knowledge, their imagination, and the content of the text.

Here are some tips for teaching students to visualise.

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Too often “teaching” reading comprehension often involves students reading a text and answering a set of questions about it. It should be the other way around – to be a proficient reader, students need to ask questions. Here’s how to teach your students to ask questions.

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Familiar with the phrase “reading between the lines”? Drawing inferences from the text is like reading between the lines – it’s looking for the meaning that isn’t written down word-by-word. Here are some ways you can help students develop this important reading strategy.

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Lynlee Lawrence says CSI Private Eye is “the best online resource I've come across”. Lynlee is a head teacher at Hutt International Boys School in Wellington, New Zealand, so we figured she knows a thing or two. We sat down with her to find out why she loves CSI Private Eye.

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“Are levelled reading groups the best way to teach reading?” That was the question posed in an article I read recently. I’ve never been much of a fan of levelling anyway, but here’s the question I’d ask instead: “How would you like to spend your school life in the bottom reading group?”

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