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Strategies & Skills for Reading - Chapter Summary
Get reacquainted with the strategies and skills for reading by opening up this chapter. Teachers can use these resources to brush up on key reading comprehension concepts, such as reading instruction using the schema-theoretic approach, strategies to improve literacy, and more. As you make your way through this chapter, you will get reacquainted with the following topics:
- Strategies for big picture reading vs. close reading
- Transitions and reading passage navigation
- Arguments compared to topics in passages
- Developing literacy skills through language enjoyment
- Building comprehension skills for independent reading
- Techniques for encouraging students to read
- The use of interactive reading to construct meaning
- Identifying characteristics of struggling readers and good readers
You can measure how much information you are retaining from these lessons by taking the connected lesson quizzes. These interactive assessment tools ask you questions about the major concepts discussed in each lesson. You can access the quizzes from the quiz tab at any time. Questions on the quizzes are multiple-choice, because they are the most common types of questions found on exams, and we want to give you the best preparation possible.
You can use the quizzes as a pre-lesson assessment of your own knowledge. Before you view any lesson materials, go directly to the quiz tab. Answer the questions and immediately see your results. If you score well on the quiz, it means that you probably already know the topics covered in that particular lesson. If you do not score very high, though, that indicates that you should most likely review that particular lesson more closely.
1. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'
2. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions
In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.
3. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage
Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.
4. Using the Schema-Theoretic Approach to Reading Instruction
As a reader, are you just absorbing what a text says? In this lesson, we'll discuss the role of schemas in the reading process and how we interpret more than just words on a page.
5. Literacy Strategies for Teachers
The best way for children to grow as readers is for them to constantly practice and engage in reading. Reading research tells us that thinking about what your brain is doing when reading, or being metacognitive, helps one to progress in regard to comprehension. Children need to know what and why they're reading. Implementing specific literacy strategies will help them accomplish this.
6. Enjoyment of Language for Literacy Development
It is easy to focus on aspects of literacy development like decoding, fluency and comprehension but then forget about the importance of joy. This lesson will discuss the importance of enjoyment of language in literacy development.
7. The Importance of Independent Reading for Developing Comprehension
Teachers use many strategies and methods to teach students to understand what they read. This lesson defines independent reading, explains why it is an important part of comprehension acquisition, and shows how it fits into a literacy program.
8. Strategies for Motivating Students to Read
One of the biggest hurdles of reading instruction is helping students become motivated to read. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use in your classroom to help students become motivated, lifelong readers.
9. How Students Read Interactively to Construct Meaning
How do readers interact with a text, and how does that interaction help them comprehend what they are reading? In this lesson, we'll examine interactive reading and its elements.
10. Differences Between Good & Struggling Readers
What makes a good reader? How do you know if a student is struggling with reading? This lesson will explore the qualities of good and struggling readers and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
11. Using Literature to Appreciate Diversity
In this lesson, we will learn how literature promotes social diversity appreciation and examine Narrative Learning Theory as it relates to this important topic.
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- Teaching for Diverse Student Needs
- Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
- English Language Development & Analysis
- Language Structure
- Teaching Fluency
- Teaching & Improving Reading Comprehension
- Analyzing Nonfiction Text
- Executing Research Projects
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- British Literature
- World Literature Overview
- Young Adult Literature Overview
- Strategies & Skills for Literary Text
- Essay Writing Fundamentals
- Writing Skills & Techniques
- Strategies for Teaching Writing & Providing Feedback
- Teaching Oral Communication
- Teaching Media Literacy
- Assessing English Language Arts & Reading
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