Ch 9: Reading Comprehension of Fiction & Poetry

About This Chapter

This chapter focuses on instruction of fiction and poetry reading, using a series of engaging lessons conducted by professional instructors. The lessons provide strategies and tips for fostering student development in this area.

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.

14 Lessons in Chapter 9: Reading Comprehension of Fiction & Poetry
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Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

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.

Selecting Grade-Appropriate Texts

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.

Selecting Texts for Reading Comprehension

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.

Using Literary Texts to Teach 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.

Teaching the Theme of a Story

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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

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.

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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

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.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

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.

Genres in Children's Literature

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.

How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

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.

Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension

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.

How to Teach Poetry

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.

Why Is Poetry Important?

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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