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Ch 8: Reading Comprehension Strategies for Literature

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For an overview of effective reading comprehension strategies for literature, check out this mobile-friendly chapter. These fun lessons and quizzes can be used for test preparation, professional development and independent learning.

Reading Comprehension Strategies for Literature - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers short and engaging lessons about effective literature reading comprehension strategies. After reviewing basic information about literary genres, you'll examine instructional techniques and strategies to help students better understand what they read. You can also take a look at literacy response skills, reading activities, content area literacy and children's literature genres. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of different literary genres
  • Identify children's literature genres
  • Use varying techniques and activities to teach students about literary genres
  • Promote literacy development and an enjoyment of language
  • Evaluate picture and chapter books for the classroom
  • Teach students literary response, comprehension and analysis
  • Incorporate reading activities in the classroom and teach content area literacy
  • Define the concept of content area literacy

You can work through the chapter at your own pace using any device that has an Internet connection. Take the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to solidify your understanding of these reading comprehension strategies. These resources can also be accessed whenever you have free time to study.

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: Reading Comprehension Strategies for Literature
Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

Genres in Children's Literature

2. Genres in Children's Literature

Reading throughout childhood can be a powerful tool for healthy development. This lesson will explore the different genres in children's literature and will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.

How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

3. How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

To help your students become lifelong readers, you are going to have to teach them about different genres of literature. This lesson will provide some strategies, techniques and activities for teaching literary genres to your students.

Enjoyment of Language for Literacy Development

4. Enjoyment of Language for Literacy Development

It is easy to focus on aspects of literacy development like decoding, fluency and comprehension but then forget about the importance of joy. This lesson will discuss the importance of enjoyment of language in literacy development.

Evaluating Chapter & Picture Books for Literacy Instruction

5. Evaluating Chapter & Picture Books for Literacy Instruction

How can literacy teachers evaluate books for their students to read? How can they choose the best picture and chapter books for their classroom? In this lesson, we'll answer these questions by looking at how to evaluate books' content and presentation.

How Children's Books Facilitate Reading Development

6. How Children's Books Facilitate Reading Development

When learning to read, it's important for children to, well, read. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast. The right book can make all the difference between a positive and frustrating experience. This lesson outlines how books help children learn to read and offers a guide to finding that perfect text.

Promoting Reading Development at All Levels

7. Promoting Reading Development at All Levels

Successful teachers provide support for students of all skill and ability levels. This lesson will provide strategies for promoting reading comprehension skills for all students and show how these strategies work in a classroom.

Strategies for Motivating Students to Read

8. Strategies for Motivating Students to Read

One of the biggest hurdles of reading instruction is helping students become motivated to read. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use in your classroom to help students become motivated, lifelong readers.

Reading Comprehension Strategies

9. Reading Comprehension Strategies

Learning to hone the skills of reading comprehension can be difficult. To help in the process this lesson explores visualizing, making connections and inferences, determining importance, and synthesizing text.

Literary Response & Analysis Skills: Types & Examples

10. Literary Response & Analysis Skills: Types & Examples

This lesson is all about understanding literary response and analysis skills. We will define important terms, as well as go over strategies used for analyzing literary and narrative texts. Read on, to learn more.

Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension

11. Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension

Learning how to analyze and comprehend literary texts is one of the most advanced and exciting aspects of reading instruction. This lesson explores how to get students on the path toward deep comprehension.

Content Area Literacy: Definition & Instructional Practices

12. Content Area Literacy: Definition & Instructional Practices

Learning to read in different content areas is a skill that serves students well. Content-area literacy does not necessarily come naturally, so this lesson gives you some ideas for helping students read well across the content areas.

Connecting Texts, Students & the World Around Them

13. Connecting Texts, Students & the World Around Them

Good readers automatically connect what they are reading with their own life, the world around them, and other texts. In this lesson, we'll examine the three main types of connections, and how teachers can help students learn them.

Pre-Reading, Reading & Post-Reading Activities

14. Pre-Reading, Reading & Post-Reading Activities

For your students to get the most out of their work, you shouldn't just throw a book at them. Instead, carefully constructed pre-reading, reading, and post-reading activities allow you to check for understanding and help increase interest.

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