Ch 12: MTTC Reading Specialist: Developing Reading Comprehension

About This Chapter

Watch the lessons in this chapter to improve your understanding of strategies and skills for improving reading comprehension as part of your study efforts in preparation for the MTTC Reading Specialist exam.

MTTC Reading Specialist: Developing Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary

In these short video lessons, our professional instructors talk about strategies you can use to help students develop reading comprehension skills. Use these lessons to prepare for questions on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Reading Specialist exam about:

  • Drawing conclusions from reading selections
  • Forming predictions from information in a reading
  • Using visualization to improve comprehension
  • Applying ideas from a reading selection to other situations
  • Finding cause and effect of events in a reading
  • The organization of a reading selection
  • Arranging ideas into an outline
  • Instructional strategies and classroom organization

As an alternative to the videos, read the lesson transcripts that highlight the key vocabulary terms found in the chapter. After your review, test your understanding by completing the lesson quizzes. These quizzes will show you what you have mastered, and what you need to review further. Also, take advantage of the video tags that take you directly to the material you wish to review and allow you to skip over the information you have down.

MTTC Reading Specialist: Developing Reading Comprehension Objectives

The MTTC Reading Specialist exam is a paper-based certification exam used to certify reading specialists in the state of Michigan. Taking this exam involves completing 100 multiple-choice questions in a four-and-one-half-hour testing session. Twenty percent of the material covered by these questions belong to the subarea of Instruction, and may include some questions about enhancing students' reading comprehension. This chapter will help you prepare for such questions by reviewing techniques and strategies for improving reading comprehension.

11 Lessons in Chapter 12: MTTC Reading Specialist: Developing Reading Comprehension
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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.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

2. 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.

How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

3. 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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

4. 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.

How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations

5. How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations

Applying what we learn from books to other situations in life helps us grow and improve. This lesson demonstrates how to apply ideas from a text to other situations and how to teach this important skill to readers.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

6. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

7. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

8. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

9. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.

Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

10. Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

In this lesson, we will use the fictional Academy of Magic to illustrate four types of instructional strategies that teachers use in the classroom: expository instruction, interactive instruction, hands-on instruction and collaborative instruction.

Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

11. 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.

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