Ch 20: MTEL Reading Specialist: Teaching Reading Comprehension

About This Chapter

Use the lessons in this chapter to explore different techniques for teaching children how to comprehend what they are reading as part of your studies for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Teaching Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary

Utilizing the lessons in this chapter, you will review how to teach reading, strategies for developing comprehension, and tips for teaching vocabulary to students. Additionally, these lessons will delve into language structure, assessment techniques, and literary strategies. Reviewing this material will help you feel prepared for related questions on the MTEL Reading Comprehension exam. You will also have the opportunity to explore:

  • Cognitive skills and notation
  • Scaffolding instruction techniques
  • Comprehending different writing styles
  • Graphic organizers
  • KWL Charts
  • Reading retention
  • Close vs. big picture reading techniques
  • Metacognitive strategies
  • Educating diverse learners

The lessons in this chapter have been developed by professionals to help you easily understand and retain the information. Each lesson contains a video to illustrate the material. The video's transcript is included for text-based learning. You can take a self-assessment quiz after each lesson to test your knowledge and practice for questions on the exam. If you'd like to re-watch a particular section of the lesson, use the timeline below each video for easy navigation.

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: MTEL Reading Specialist: Teaching Reading Comprehension
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How to Teach Reading: Planning and Execution

1. How to Teach Reading: Planning and Execution

Feeling overwhelmed with the immensity of teaching reading comprehension? Watch this video lesson to learn four easy steps to plan and execute reading lessons.

How to Teach Reading Comprehension

2. 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.

Strategies for Reading Comprehension

3. Strategies for Reading Comprehension

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.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

4. 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.

Strategies for Understanding Various Forms of Writing

5. 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.

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!

Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

7. Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

Learning how to decipher unfamiliar words is imperative in any language arts classroom. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for teaching vocabulary in reading passages.

Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples

8. Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, delve into the world of graphic organizers and gain an understanding of the definition and varieties. You'll also view examples of how they can be applied to foster a myriad of educational objectives.

KWL Chart: Example Graphic Organizer and Classroom Applications

9. KWL Chart: Example Graphic Organizer and Classroom Applications

This lesson will explain what a KWL chart is and illustrate how to use this graphic organizer in a variety of ways to push students' thinking around new content.

Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

10. Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

Ever finished reading and couldn't remember what you had just read? Many students experience this, too. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies to help your students develop healthy reading habits.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

11. 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.'

Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

12. Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define and explain in detail what metacognitive strategies are and how they can be used in the classroom to help deepen students' thinking about content and develop students who are ready and willing to tackle new content.

Literacy Strategies for Teachers

13. Literacy Strategies for Teachers

The best way for children to grow as readers is for them to constantly practice and engage in reading. Reading research tells us that thinking about what your brain is doing when reading, or being metacognitive, helps one to progress in regard to comprehension. Children need to know what and why they're reading. Implementing specific literacy strategies will help them accomplish this.

Teaching Reading & Writing to Diverse Learners

14. Teaching Reading & Writing to Diverse Learners

As teachers in today's society, we have to meet the needs of diverse learners. This lesson will help you understand strategies for teaching reading and writing to a wide range of students.

Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

15. Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

One of the most important aspects of being an English language arts teacher is choosing suitable reading materials for your students. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for choosing the most appropriate materials.

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