Strategic Knowledge

Strategic Knowledge refers to a reader’s ability to formulate an appropriate purpose and/or logical goal for reading.  It also refers to a reader’s capacity to flexibly apply select strategies based upon the specific purpose for reading a text.

The knowledge of the strategy can be broad (i.e. choosing an appropriate setting for reading) or it can be more defined (i.e. utilizing text features to support understanding).

Strategic knowledge is important because readers must possess diverse strategies to suit varying purposes for reading.  Comprehension, the ultimate goal of reading, is maximized when readers apply these strategies successfully,