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Ch 7: Teaching & Assessing Reading Skills

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Refer to video and text lessons to reinforce your current knowledge of or learn new information about strategies for teaching and assessing reading skills. Take self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson to determine how much you have learned and where you might need further review.

Teaching & Assessing Reading Skills - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review ways to apply reading strategies and assessment methods to help ensure student learning. You'll go over such topics as literary analysis, reading development and language arts assessments.

Lessons provide examples and discuss the practical application of techniques and practices discussed in the videos and text within a typical classroom. Once you have completed your review, you should be able to:

  • Understand the step-by-step process to analyze a literary passage
  • Implement active reading strategies in the classroom
  • Instruct students in the use of visualization techniques to enhance reading comprehension
  • Define and understand the use of various literary devices
  • Build a student's reading comprehension skills through the practice of making predictions
  • Assist students in developing strong reading habits
  • Make connections between written works
  • Develop language arts instructional plans based on student assessment results
  • Assess students' understanding of fiction and nonfiction texts

Lessons are designed to be short and engaging, allowing you to learn pertinent facts quickly. Text lessons can be printed out and used as handy reference and study guides, and self-assessment quizzes help you determine what material you might need to further review. Furthermore, you can track your progress on your own Dashboard, which allows you to see what lessons you have completed, create a personalized study schedule and even send questions to lesson instructors.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: Teaching & Assessing Reading Skills
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How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. 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.

What is Active Reading? - Definition & Strategies

2. 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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

3. 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.

Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

4. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

5. 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.

Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

6. 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.

Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

7. Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

In this lesson, we will discuss connecting different writings to each other by learning about the authors, examining the literary elements, and reflecting on the writings.

Using Assessments to Plan Language Arts Instruction

8. Using Assessments to Plan Language Arts Instruction

Teachers make decisions about what to teach and when from many sources. One of these is using assessments. How does this work? This lesson outlines using assessments to inform instruction in language arts.

Assessing Student Understanding of Literature

9. Assessing Student Understanding of Literature

Having a student read is good, but how do we know what they are actually taking from each reading? Read this lesson to help identify assessment strategies that promote student reading comprehension, understanding, analysis, and skills related to literature.

Assessing Student Understanding of Informational Text

10. Assessing Student Understanding of Informational Text

Are you beginning a unit on nonfiction reading materials in your English class? If so, read this lesson to learn how to assess your students' understanding of informational texts.

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