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Reading Comprehension of Fiction and Poetry - Chapter Summary
This chapter breaks down several strategies and ideas to keep in mind when teaching reading comprehension of fiction and poetry, detailing the topics in a simple-to-follow manner. Lessons cover using literary texts to teach reading comprehension, the parts of plot in fiction, and reading strategies that use visualization. The lessons also make sure you are prepared to:
- Share how to teach a story's theme
- Explain how to make predictions based on information in the passage
- Identify types of fiction, such as novels, novellas and short stories
- List genres of children's literature and explain techniques to teach them
- Describe how to teach literature and poetry analysis
- Discuss why poetry is important
- Outline strategies for assessing reading materials
- Explain how to select grade-appropriate texts and texts for reading comprehension
You'll find a practice quiz accompanying each lesson that you can take and re-take until you feel comfortable enough to move on. These convenient quizzes give you the option of going right back to the relevant point of the video lessons if you answer incorrectly, and they can also be printed as worksheets if you'd like to use them for additional offline study.
1. 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.
2. Selecting Grade-Appropriate Texts
This lesson identifies three key aspects of a text to look at when choosing grade-appropriate readings for students. It also you gives tools and suggestions to use to find readings that will meet the needs of the variety of readers in a classroom setting.
3. Selecting Texts for Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we'll go over strategies for selecting texts for your students. We'll cover pre-reading strategies, as well as during-reading strategies and post-reading activities that can help reinforce reading comprehension.
4. Using Literary Texts to Teach Reading Comprehension
Comprehension is one of the major elements of reading, and in order to get students to improve their comprehension, you need to present them with good reading material. This lesson will acquaint you with the use and benefits of literary texts.
5. Teaching the Theme of a Story
Learning to identify and analyze the theme of a story is an important aspect of reading comprehension. This lesson will help you learn some strategies for helping students learn to determine the theme.
6. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots
This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.
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.
8. 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.
9. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
10. Genres in Children's Literature
Reading throughout childhood can be a powerful tool for healthy development. This lesson will explore the different genres in children's literature, including contemporary, historical and science fiction.
11. How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities
To help your students become lifelong readers, you are going to have to teach them about different genres of literature. This lesson will provide some strategies, techniques and activities for teaching literary genres to your students.
12. Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension
Learning how to analyze and comprehend literary texts is one of the most advanced and exciting aspects of reading instruction. This lesson explores how to get students on the path toward deep comprehension.
13. How to Teach Poetry
Poetry is all around us, from songs on the radio to crazy Dr.Susses books. This lesson will highlight some neat ways to teach poetry in ways that not only provide rigor but also relevance.
14. Why Is Poetry Important?
Instructional time is precious, and as teachers, we like to know why we are prioritizing certain content. This lesson will help you understand some of the reasons it is important to include poetry in your curriculum.
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