Reading Comprehension Strategies
What the experts say about reading comprehension strategies:
Comprehension strategies are not ends in themselves; they are means of helping your students understand what they are reading.
~ National Reading Panel
Great books are central to teaching comprehension.
~ Stephanie Harvey
Reading is not just about what is going on in the book - it's about what's going on in your head!
~ Adrienne Gear
Read more about reading comprehension strategies!
Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension
Test your Understanding of Comprehension
OVERVIEW of reading comprehension strategies
|Good readers tend to use a range of strategies while reading such as making predictions before reading, making connections to personal experiences and knowledge, and engaging in self-monitoring (on-going checks of text comprehension). Teachers can model, teach, and promote the use of these and other effective comprehension strategies to help their students become even more proficient readers.|
TEACHING reading comprehension strategies
|Highlight the need for students to be actively engaged in the reading process. Teachers can explain key strategies and model the types of actions students can take before, during, and after reading. Students will likely need ongoing feedback to facilitate their proficiency at using comprehension strategies. Explicit instruction in the key elements of a strategy helps students at all grade levels.|
ASSESSING reading comprehension strategies
|Assessment is an ongoing process helping students understand their strengths and next steps in order to become successful readers. Monitor each student’s progress by making regular observations during conferences and guided instruction. Ask, can they retell the main events of a story? Are their predictions appropriate? Are they able to identify and accurately describe events from the text?|
Let’s Make Predictions: Building Reading Comprehension
Mind Pictures: Promoting Comprehension through Visualization
Before, During and After Questions: Promoting Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking