Those who are responsible for elementary reading programs should have as a major concern recognizing what children do as they engage in the act of reading. F. Smith (1973) makes this clear In his statement, "Find out what a child is trying to do and then help hi m do it." (p. 195)
In order to take a first step in gaining this information we need to have children provide answers to some pertinent questions. One of these would be what children consider as the criteria for good reading. A particularly relevant question, especially at the beginning stages, would be related to the word attack strategies employed when meeting an unknown word. Will those who share the same criteria for good reading use similar word attack strategies when meeting an unknown word?
Gray, M. J., & Henneberry, M. (1986). Good Readers and Their Reading Strategies. Reading Horizons, 27 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol27/iss1/6