The Secret To Showing Your Readers How To 'Put It All Together'


Synthesizing text is when readers "put it all together" to move from literal understandings to inferential understandings. This takes practice and breaking it down into more manageable tasks so young readers can see the process of synthesis in action. Young readers must see their changing thinking as a signal of understanding and comprehending a text.


As readers learn how to monitor their comprehension they must take their thinking to another level. Your readers must see how their thinking moves from literal understandings to reflective thinking that evolves into inferential understanding about the text.


A proficient reader's thinking grows and develops as they gather new information in the text as they read. This is called synthesizing text.


Because reading is such a complex process with so many moving parts, it's important to make the process of synthesizing visible.

This concept is best represented like ripples in a pond or puddle. The rock hitting the water is the reader's initial thinking and that creates ripples. As a reader reads and gathers new information in the text the ripples grow larger.

This is the best way to illustrate the concept of synthesis and show your young readers how their thinking will grow, change and evolve.

Readers need to see how this process of synthesis works to help build comprehension and understanding about a text. When this piece of the process is made visible for young readers, they will be able to see how all the moving pieces (strategies and skills) work together.