Ch 6: AEPA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Comprehension Strategies

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The content of this chapter covers helpful strategies for understanding text and teaching reading comprehension. Fun text and video lessons explore these concepts to prep you for related questions on the AEPA Middle Grades ELA exam.

AEPA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Comprehension Strategies - Chapter Summary

Review these short, engaging lessons to strengthen your familiarity with how teachers can promote students' reading comprehension and get ready for an AEPA Middle Grades ELA content domain. The lessons aim for you to be able to correctly respond to questions about:

  • Reading comprehension teaching strategies
  • How the four-square strategy is used
  • Higher-level thinking and probing questions
  • Pros and cons of using technology in the classroom
  • Scaffolding reading instruction strategies
  • How advance organizers are used
  • The helpfulness of visualization
  • Bell ringers in reading
  • Big picture and close reading strategies

The engaging lessons were created by professional instructors who understand what topics are on the AEPA Middle Grades ELA exam. After reviewing the text and video lessons, you'll get to validate your understanding of the various strategies by taking the corresponding practice quizzes.

AEPA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Comprehension Strategies Chapter Objectives

The AEPA Middle Grades ELA test assesses your knowldege prior to earning teacher certification in Arizona. This chapter helps prepare you for the exam's Reading Process and Comprehension and Reading in Multiple Subject Areas content domain, which accounts for roughly 20% of your score. This test includes a total of 150 multiple-choice questions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: AEPA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Comprehension Strategies
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How to Teach Reading Comprehension

1. How to Teach Reading Comprehension

Teaching reading comprehension requires instilling in the learner the use of several strategies and skills. This lesson will focus on cognitive skills and notation strategies that will enhance reading comprehension.

Using the Four-Square Strategy to Identify & Define Key Vocabulary

2. Using the Four-Square Strategy to Identify & Define Key Vocabulary

In this lesson, we'll explore how to use the Four-Square Strategy to learn and remember important vocabulary words. We'll also practice with a couple sample words.

Higher Level Questions for Reading

3. Higher Level Questions for Reading

This lesson will highlight some higher-level questions that can be used for reading comprehension. Higher-level questions require students to think critically about the story or text that they are reading. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

Probing Questions: Types & Examples

4. Probing Questions: Types & Examples

Want someone to open up? In this lesson, we will learn about probing questions and how they are used to elicit answers that are based on critical thinking and/or personal feelings.

Technology in the Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

5. Technology in the Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

Teachers in today's schools need to be aware of the uses of educational technology. This lesson explains both the advantages and disadvantages of using technology in the classroom.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

6. Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

Ever heard the phrase 'reading is the gateway to all learning'? Reading is one of the areas targeted by most states for assessment because it not only is a critical area in academics, but also an area where most students were not showing gains. This lesson will highlight strategies to help struggling readers develop skills to be successful in the classroom.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

7. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

8. Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

An advance organizer is a very useful tool for teachers to help students understand, retain and remember new learning material. In this lesson, we define an advance organizer and discuss examples and benefits of use in the classroom.

Reading Bell Ringers

9. Reading Bell Ringers

Reading Bell Ringers can help teachers manage times of transition within a classroom by providing students a structured and engaging activity. In this lesson, you will learn multiple examples of Reading Bell Ringers that you can use in your classroom.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

10. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

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