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Teacher Strategies for Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary
Our subject experts developed this chapter on teacher strategies for reading comprehension. See how to improve reading comprehension by getting the gist of an essay, use inference for intended meaning, and construct meaning by reading interactively. Additional lesson topics include:
- A step-by-step guide of how to analyze a literary passage
- Connecting texts
- Self-monitoring by students for reading comprehension
- Visualization reading strategies
- Instructional strategies to use for note-taking and summarizing
- How to draw conclusions from reading selections
- How to teach students to synthesize and generalize information
- Benefit reading comprehension by use of literature circles
- Activities and strategies to get response to literature
Each of these short lessons comes with an interactive quiz to test your understanding of the material covered. Monitor your progress through this chapter on your dashboard.
1. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
2. 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.
3. Connecting Texts, Students & the World Around Them
Good readers automatically connect what they are reading with their own life, the world around them, and other texts. In this lesson, we'll examine the three main types of connections, and how teachers can help students learn them.
4. Chunking Method: Definition & Examples
Following completion of this lesson, you will be able to define the term chunking in the context of short-term memory. After reading this lesson, you will have an opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.
5. What is Active Reading? - Definition & Strategies
In this lesson, we will discuss active reading. We will learn its definition, as well as outline specific active reading strategies you can incorporate in your classroom.
6. 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.
7. How Students Can Self-Monitor for Reading Comprehension
Reading comprehension is a crucial skill for students to learn. One way that educators can help student improve is by encouraging self-monitoring. Explore this idea and learn some techniques to teach self-monitoring for reading comprehension.
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. Instructional Strategies for Summarizing & Note-Taking
Note-taking and summarizing is an important skill for students. This lesson will highlight techniques for each and show how teachers can effectively instruct students on the use of these skills.
10. 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.
11. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection
When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.
12. Teaching Students to Generalize & Synthesize Information
Teaching students to generalize and synthesize takes time and requires careful thought and planning. This lesson will introduce you to some ideas for working on the development of these important skills with students of all ages.
13. Teaching Questioning Techniques for Reading Comprehension
Students who know how to ask good questions can quickly grow their own comprehension abilities. In this lesson, you'll learn some techniques for teaching students how to ask questions that boost their own comprehension.
14. How Literature Circles Benefit Reading Comprehension
Literature circles: Are they a waste of instruction time or a worthwhile opportunity for student growth? This lesson outlines some great benefits to using literature circles in your classroom.
15. Strategies & Activities for Responding to Literature
A piece of literature can be a daunting task for some students. This lesson gives a few strategies for having your students respond to literature in relatable and applicable ways.
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