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Ch 9: Tools for Increasing Student Reading Comprehension

About This Chapter

Access this chapter at any time to examine instructional tools that are used to strengthen student reading comprehension. The lessons can help you study for upcoming teacher exams, and the information can also be applied in classroom settings.

Tools for Increasing Student Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert instructors explain the functions and benefits of reading comprehension tools, techniques, activities, technologies and strategies. You'll review the applications of these concepts in classroom settings, and you'll see how teachers can help their students analyze different types of texts and reading passages. Completing this chapter can help you:

  • Explain the author's purpose in children's literature
  • Define the concept of reader's theater
  • Promote reading comprehension by analyzing language structure and text features
  • Incorporate reading comprehension activities in the classroom
  • Evaluate nonfiction text teaching strategies
  • Discuss graphics interpretation methods in functional and persuasive texts
  • Use technology, including eBooks and podcasts, in the classroom
  • Show students how to make predictions, cite textual evidence, interpret texts and draw conclusions in reading passages

We've included plenty of self-assessment quizzes throughout the chapter to assess your understanding of the material. The chapter is available to study at any time that fits your schedule, and you can use any computer or mobile device to access these resources. Submit questions to our instructors if you have any, and take the lessons and quizzes as many times as needed.

14 Lessons in Chapter 9: Tools for Increasing Student Reading Comprehension
Author's Purpose in Children's Literature

1. Author's Purpose in Children's Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss the main intentions behind writing children's literature and provide examples from children's literature for various author's purposes.

Strategies for Understanding Various Forms of Writing

2. Strategies for Understanding Various Forms of Writing

Reading effectively means knowing the genre of literature and using strategies for that writing. Different types of writing such as narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive have specific objectives and require varied reading strategies.

What is Readers Theater? - Definition & Examples

3. What is Readers Theater? - Definition & Examples

Readers theater sometimes is what it sound like it should be, and sometimes a little more. It has a foothold both in the performing arts world and in education. Read your way into this lesson, however theatrically you choose, and learn more.

Reading Comprehension Activities & Organization

4. Reading Comprehension Activities & Organization

Watch this video lesson to learn about various activities and tools you can use to help increase your students' reading comprehension. Also, learn about a formal assessment you can use to test a particular student's reading comprehension level.

Instructional Strategies for Nonfiction Texts

5. Instructional Strategies for Nonfiction Texts

Teaching students how to read and analyze nonfiction pieces effectively can seem like a daunting task! Read on to learn some strategies for helping students identify the main idea, supporting ideas, and author's purpose in nonfiction texts.

Language Structure & Text Features in Reading Comprehension

6. Language Structure & Text Features in Reading Comprehension

In this lesson we will examine how language structure and text features can help you comprehend what you are reading and, ultimately, remember the information better!

Structure & Organization in Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

7. Structure & Organization in Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

Teaching students to effectively read nonfiction is important but can pose particular challenges. This lesson will give you some ideas about how to use structure and organization to assist students who are learning how to read nonfiction.

Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

8. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

A piece of writing may consist of much more than words. Many functional and persuasive texts also include graphics. This lesson discusses how to interpret several types of graphics.

Using Technology for Literacy Development

9. Using Technology for Literacy Development

Technology is being used in almost every way imaginable to improve our lives.This has thankfully been the case in education, where technology has been used to improve literacy. Find out how this is so in this lesson.

Using eBooks in the Classroom

10. Using eBooks in the Classroom

Reading is a critical element in learning. How can we make reading more accessible and fun for students? Ebooks might be the answer. In this lesson, we will discuss how to use eBooks in the classroom.

Using Podcasts in the Classroom

11. Using Podcasts in the Classroom

Podcasts enable teachers to augment instruction in engaging and effective ways. In this lesson, we will discuss some easy ways to implement podcasts in the classroom.

How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

12. How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

Making predictions when reading is an important reading comprehension strategy. In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important and how to model and practice it.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

13. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

14. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

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