Ch 6: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Reading Strategies

About This Chapter

In preparation for the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam, review these lessons to improve your understanding of strategies for reading instruction and different reading strategies and tools used in reading instruction.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Reading Strategies - Chapter Summary

The videos and quizzes in this chapter can help you prepare for questions on the NMTA Middle Grades ELA exam related to the strategies of effective reading and teaching of effective reading. Also review some classroom tools that can be useful in reading instruction. After studying this chapter, you should have a better understanding of:

  • Ways to teach reading comprehension and vocabulary
  • Use of scaffolding in reading instruction
  • Reading strategies involving visualization and probing questions
  • Higher level questions for reading
  • Difference between closed reading and big picture reading
  • Metacognitive reading strategies and the types of information transfer
  • Classroom tools and technologies useful for reading instruction
  • Reading bell ringers

Use the assessments that accompany these lessons to test your retention of the information and discover topics you didn't master. Improve your mastery over these subjects by returning to the locations of the lessons that discussed them with the embedded video tags. Afterwards, if you find yourself confused about the material of this chapter, be sure to ask our instructors for clarification.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Reading Strategies Chapter Objectives

The 150 multiple-choice questions of the NMTA Middle Grades ELA exam are administered to prospective middle grades language arts teachers to measure their competency in their field of study. On test day, you'll need to complete these questions in a 180-minute testing session. Of the material covered by this exam, 21% belongs to the content domain of Reading Process and Comprehension and Reading in Multiple Subject Areas. This chapter can help you prepare for some of the questions in this domain that ask you about effective reading strategies.

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Reading 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.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

3. 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

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.

Probing Questions: Types & Examples

5. 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.

Higher Level Questions for Reading

6. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

7. 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

8. 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.

Types of Information Transfer

9. Types of Information Transfer

When you acquire one skill, does that ability help or hurt your ability to learn other skills? For example, learning to play the guitar might help you learn to play the banjo, but it probably doesn't affect your ability to learn the geography of Africa. This lesson focuses on transfer of information, including positive, negative and zero transfer, as well as the difference between high-road and low-road transfer of information.

Technology in the Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

10. 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.

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.

Reading Bell Ringers

12. 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.

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