4th Grade - Reading For Different Purposes

Reading and Comprehension
Reading for different purposes
Use appropriate strategies when reading for different purposes (e.g., full comprehension, location of information, personal enjoyment).
The ability to choose a text or outlook to have while reading a text for various purposes, including comprehension (understanding conflict resolution), information (using all parts of a text – titles, indexes, etc. – to solicit data), and enjoyment (choosing an appropriate genre and level of book to learn).

Sample Problems


What is a purpose? (a reason, intent, goal, drive, etc.)


What is comprehension? (to fully understand)


What is information? (data, facts, details, etc.)


Why is information important? (it contributes to deep comprehension)


What is enjoyment? (pleasure, delight, satisfaction, etc.)

Learning Tips


While watching a movie or television show, practice the skill of predicting – make predictions about what will happen next in the story, including what will happen to the character, how the problem will be solved, etc.


Listen to a song or audio file of some sort. Visualize the colors, mood, and tone of the noise(s). Close your eyes – what do you see? Draw a picture to complement, or go with, the sound(s).


Make connections between different texts, or even books and movies made from them.

Some recent examples:

  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia by C. S. Lewis

  • Horton Hears A Who! and Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss I

  • Spiderwick Chronicles and The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

  • I Am Legend and I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

  • Bridge to Terabithia and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Ponder these questions: What similarities did the book and movie have? What were the differences particular to the book or film? Why did these things change?


Ask questions and get answers about things in your world/life! Go the extra step to find out the reason behind why and how things (including people) operate. Ask questions beginning with question stems (who, what, when, where, why, and how – 5 Ws and H) such as:

  • Where are you from?

  • What do(es) you/this do everyday?

  • Who taught/made you to do this?

  • Why do(es) you/this operate in this way?

  • How long has it been like this?

  • When do you think things will change?

  • etc.


Here’s a challenge: practice summarizing your favorite books, articles, or television episodes or movies in five (5) sentences or less!


Television show:

Spongebob Squarepants – “Texas”

One day while playing, Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick the starfish didn’t know what Texas was and this made Sandy the squirrel sad and homesick. Spongebob and Patrick tried everything they could to cheer Sandy up, but Sandy was still sad and sang a song about Texas and how much she loved and missed her homeland. Spongebob and Patrick took what they learned from the song and threw a surprise party for Sandy with a Texas theme to cheer her up. When Sandy finally arrived at the party and saw the Texas theme was completely wrong, she laughed so hard she cried! Her friends thought she was still very sad until Sandy said, “Home is where you’re surrounded by other critters that care ‘bout ya,” which is when Sandy realized she was home in Bikini Bottom all along.


Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting takes place in Treegap, where Winnie Foster and the Tuck family live. One day Winnie discovers Jesse Tuck drinking water from a spring on her family’s property that grants eternal life. He and his family tell Winnie their secret and Jesse invites her to join them once she turns 17 years old. She comes to love them as friends and keeps their secret. They get in trouble and have to leave for some time, but return to Treegap many years later to visit her to find out if she had chosen to be immortal as well.

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Extra Help Problems


What are strategies? (tactics; ways to plan or approach something)


What are various reading strategies? (ask questions, visualize, clarify, summarize, predict, make connections, monitor, reread, decode, use context clues, etc.)


What are reading strategies are best to use when reading to find information? (ask questions, clarify, summarize, decode, etc.)


What are reading strategies are best to use when reading for pleasure, or personal enjoyment? (self-monitor, ask questions, predict, make connections, visualize, use context clues, etc.)


What are reading strategies are best to use when reading to fully comprehend the text? (visualize, ask questions, clarify, summarize, reread, etc.)


What are different ways you can make connections to text? (compare texts, relate the text to the real world, relate the text to myself)


What is it like to read for our own personal enjoyment? (to get to choose what I read and when I read it)


What is it like to read to understand, or comprehend the story? (it can be hard but using strategies helps)


What is it like to read to find information in text? (it is very focused and specific – there are certain details and information to look for)


What is a synonym for comprehend? (understand)


What are two different types of questions? (open- and close-ended)


Why is it important to limit the amount of words you highlight? (if you highlight a lot of information, it’s hard to find the most significant details)


What are open-ended questions? (questions that do not have one right answer, they are ambiguous)


What are closed-ended questions? (questions that have one specific answer based on facts, details)


What is an example of an open-ended question? (Why do you think that detail is important?)


What is an example of a closed-ended question? (In what year did that event occur?)


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