This book uses the research base on cognition, reading comprehension and retention. It defines strategic reading instruction, describes what a cognitive strategy is, explains the important ways that strategies differ from instructional activities and reading skills, and briefly introduces the seven cognitive strategies that highly effective readers routinely use. Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers also focuses on specific research-based teaching practices that will help students mature into highly effective readers. A variety of K-8 instructional activities successfully teach the strategies, although the activities can be altered to fit any teaching style and grade level. The book concludes with a discussion of school-wide strategic reading instruction for wider implementation.