Decoding versus Reading

What is the difference between…
 decoding and reading?

Decoding = turning letters on a page into words in your mind

Reading = decoding and creating a sense of structure in your mind

If you read…

1. nonfiction:

– memorize some facts
– understand a new concept
– think about life differently

2.  short stories, including picture books, fairy tales and short story collections

– notice the literary techniques
– remember the flow of the story
– view life in a new way

3. novels:

– feel how a character deals with a problem
– notice how that character changes so as to become a stronger person
– gain a broader view of life for other people in this world
– become a more compassionate person


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