Ch 3: PLACE: Effective Reading Instruction

About This Chapter

The engaging video and text lessons in this chapter are designed to help you prepare for the PLACE Reading Specialist test. Refresh your knowledge of effective reading instruction and take lesson quizzes to gauge your readiness to take the exam.

PLACE: Effective Reading Instruction - Chapter Summary

As you study for the PLACE Reading Specialist test, it's good to get an idea of the topics you might encounter. The lessons in this chapter explore effective reading instruction so you're ready to face questions that address the following:

  • Teaching reading (planning and execution) and reading comprehension
  • Examining strategies for scaffolding reading instruction
  • Applying ideas from a reading selection to other sites
  • Understanding how to construct meaning with context clues and draw conclusions for a reading selection
  • Making predictions, determining the sequence of events and finding cause and effect in a reading selection
  • Arranging ideas and identifying the organization in a reading selection
  • Teaching vocabulary words and identifying various instructional strategies

Use the resources in this chapter to create a studying environment that is comfortable for you. Strengthen your knowledge of effective reading instruction at your own pace, and test your comprehension of the subject until you feel confident that you can answer related questions on the exam.

PLACE: Effective Reading Instruction Chapter Objectives

The PLACE Reading Specialist exam is a content-area test that allows educators to add an endorsement to their new or existing Colorado educator license. The test consists of all multiple-choice questions that ask you to review a sentence, question, phrase or paragraph then choose the best response of four available answers. The topics covered in this effective reading instruction chapter are found in the reading program subarea of the exam.

Use this chapter to strengthen your comprehension of effective reading instruction. You can take advantage of timelines located below the videos to jump to specific topics within the lessons if you want to streamline the studying experience. If you'd prefer a written version of the lessons, review full transcripts located below the videos.

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: PLACE: Effective Reading Instruction
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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 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.

How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations

4. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

5. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

6. 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

7. 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.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

How to Teach Vocabulary Words

12. How to Teach Vocabulary Words

Without a rich vocabulary, students have little foundation to understand what they are reading. This lesson highlights vocabulary strategies that can be used to develop student vocabulary skills in elementary, middle and high school.

Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

13. 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.

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

14. 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

15. 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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