Strategies for Reading Comprehension

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Instructor: Barbara Fehr

Barbara has taught English and history and has a master's degree in special education.

Have you been assigned to read something and you just couldn't understand what the author is trying to tell you? In this lesson, you will learn five strategies to help yourself understand what you are reading.

Reading Comprehension

Have you ever read through a paragraph or page of an article or book and realized that you had no idea what you just read? Or have you tried to learn something by reading about it and once you reached the end, you were left with a feeling of not understanding a single word?

Well friend, you are not alone. What you, and many people, are having difficulty with is reading comprehension. Reading comprehension is basically understanding and retaining what you read.

There are many strategies to improve reading comprehension, and this lesson explores five.

To help understand how to use them, let's look at the children's book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Let's read a quick excerpt from the book:

''Once upon a time there were four little rabbits. They lived with their mother in a sandbank underneath ... a fir tree.

...Said Mrs. Rabbit..., 'You may go into the woods or down the lane, but DON'T go into Mr. McGregor's garden! Your father had an accident there. He was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor! Now, run along and don't get into mischief...'

...BUT Peter, who was very naughty, went straight to Mr. McGregor's garden and squeezed under the gate!''

Questioning and Connections

Asking yourself questions about what you read is a way to self-check that you understand it. In the excerpt from Peter Rabbit, it says they lived with their mother; where is their father? As you read further, you're able to find the answer. Poor Mr. Rabbit got put in a pie.

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