Ch 10: Reading Comprehension Strategies in Early Childhood Education

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Use the lessons in this chapter to review strategies for teaching reading comprehension to young children that can be implemented in the classroom. You can take quizzes along the way to test your knowledge.

Reading Comprehension Strategies in Early Childhood Education - Chapter Summary

Gaining an understanding of effective strategies for teaching children how to read is crucial for early childhood education teachers. Students in these classrooms are learning to read for the first time and developing a foundation for how they will read in the future. The lessons in this chapter will cover important techniques for supporting reading comprehension skills in young children. By completing this chapter, you'll have explored:

  • How to develop a plan for teaching reading
  • Literal, inferential and evaluative reading comprehension
  • Steps for analyzing a literary passage
  • How to draw inferences in fiction
  • Ways to determine the organization of a passage
  • Methods for making predictions from a reading selection
  • How to use context clues, prior knowledge and word structure to formulate meaning
  • Ways to use visualization when reading
  • The connection between reading comprehension and listening
  • How to scaffold reading instruction
  • Techniques for helping students develop reading habits
  • The fluency of a student's speech and its effect on reading comprehension
  • Strategies for teaching reading fluency
  • Approaches for teaching fluency and automaticity

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15 Lessons in Chapter 10: Reading Comprehension Strategies in Early Childhood Education
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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.

Reading Comprehension: Literal, Inferential & Evaluative

2. Reading Comprehension: Literal, Inferential & Evaluative

Reading comprehension involves three levels of understanding: literal meaning, inferential meaning, and evaluative meaning. This lesson will differentiate and define these three levels.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

3. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

4. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

5. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

6. 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 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

8. 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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

9. 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.

Relationship Between Listening & Reading Comprehension

10. Relationship Between Listening & Reading Comprehension

Listening and reading have two different origins but are closely linked in learning. Watch this video lesson to learn the relationship between the two and how one depends on the other as a child learns language.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

11. 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.

Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

12. Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

Ever finished reading and couldn't remember what you had just read? Many students experience this, too. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies to help your students develop healthy reading habits.

Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

13. Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

Oral reading fluency is an important element of reading comprehension. This lesson will explore that connection for teachers seeking to improve oral fluency with their students.

Teaching Reading Fluency to Improve Reading Comprehension

14. Teaching Reading Fluency to Improve Reading Comprehension

Fluency is one of the key pillars of good reading instruction. This lesson will give you some ideas about teaching fluency and explain how fluency enhances reading comprehension.

Strategies for Teaching Automaticity & Fluency

15. Strategies for Teaching Automaticity & Fluency

Learn why fluency is important to reading comprehension and what strategies the experts recommend to improve a reader's accuracy, speed, and rhythm. You'll find out the basics of repeated reading and other techniques for teaching fluency.

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