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Reading Strategies & Practice - Chapter Summary
Reading is one of the most important skills teachers help students develop, one that also requires constant practice. Review some useful reading instructional strategies and the importance of creating practice opportunities in the classroom using this resourceful chapter.
The strategies discussed in this chapter will help you teach students how to interpret literary meaning, determine the sequence of events and understand mood and tone in reading passages. Additionally, these strategies will help students understand inference and the impact of word choices. The key strategies discussed in the following lessons include:
- Metacognitive strategies applied to reading comprehension
- Vocabulary acquisition and using reference materials to build vocabulary
- Four-square strategy for defining key words
- Scaffolding reading instruction
- Using visualization
- Text-based methods
After carefully examining the key philosophies and strategies highlighted in each section, utilize the brief quizzes and more thorough chapter exam. Use these opportunities to identify if there are any topics you need to revisit before moving on. You can also use the printable quiz worksheets as reference material while you view the lessons. Transcripts for video lessons are also available and include highlighted key words.
1. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.
2. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
3. 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.
4. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
5. 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.
6. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone
In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.
7. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
8. Importance of Independent Practice in the Classroom
In this lesson, we will discuss the reasons why independent practice is so important for students. We will also talk about memory and how it is stored, how guided practice relates to independent practice, and the importance of having students self-correct their mistakes.
9. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.
10. 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.
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.
12. 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.
13. Text-Based Instructional Strategies
There are many ways to teach children to read, from phonics instruction to surrounding children with books and letting them read naturally. In this lesson, we'll look at one type of instruction, text-based, and its pros and cons.
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Other chapters within the TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (117): Practice & Study Guide course
- Oral Language Development & Instruction
- Teaching Listening & Speaking Skills
- Phonics & Phonological Awareness
- Supporting Emergent Literacy
- Reading Fluency & Comprehension
- Promoting Literacy in the Classroom
- Literacy Assessments for Texas Educators
- Elements of Literature
- Literary Structure & Elements for Comprehension
- Interpreting Informational Texts & Data
- Understanding Nonfiction & Fiction Genres
- Elements & Genres of Dramatic Literature
- Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry
- Significant Authors, Poets & Literary Works
- Writing Mechanics & Conventions
- Spelling Rules in English
- Writing Instruction for Texas Educators
- Assessing Writing Skills
- Visual Media Literacy in the Texas Classroom
- Research Instruction for Texas Educators
- TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 Flashcards