When teaching reading - what skills do you find yourself focusing on? I don't mean literary terms/ideas, but actual reading skills like inference, questioning, using background knowledge, making connections, etc. I work in a private Catholic school where I don't believe the kids are ever taught to practice these skills while reading. The focus seems to be on teaching literary ideas (which I think are very important - don't misquote me). This, of course, is due to fitting in all the standards.