Synthesising Wheels

Today we are looking at a way to response to our reading called a synthesising wheel.

Synthesising is a comprehension strategy that shows how our thinking can change about a text as we read.

Summarizing and synthesizing are two important reading comprehension strategies. They’re also skills that students struggle with and often confuse despite the differences.
What is synthesising? What is the difference between summarising and synthesising?
Summarising– when we look at our text and scan and record the ‘key’ points or information. BUT
Synthesizing -is the process whereby a student merges new information with prior knowledge to form a new idea, perspective, or opinion or to generate insight. When we synthesise we track our thinking about what we know before, during and after


Skilled readers synthesize as they read. They will:
• Stop to collect their thoughts
• Identify the main idea
• Put the information into their own words and respond to it
• Combine what they have just learned with what they already know and then respond to it

Today we are going to listen and watch, Jackie French’s story called the Flood.
Before we start-What do you think this book is going to be about? Why?
As you are listening we will stop the book and you will focus on Synthesising- how has your thinking changed? Why?
How has Jackie kept you, the reader, interested or hooked into the story?


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