Ch 5: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Comprehension Strategies

About This Chapter

Identify different strategies for boosting reading comprehension skills by watching the video lessons in this chapter. As you concentrate on the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher (MRT) exam, memorize the keywords and topics listed on our transcripts.

TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Comprehension Strategies - Chapter Summary

Inspect the lessons available in this chapter as you study the different strategies used to enhance reading comprehension. Be more prepared to answer related questions on the TExMaT MRT exam by using our videos to learn about the following:

  • Bottom-up and top-down processing
  • Holistic and transactional instruction
  • Context and meaning
  • Genres and organizational frameworks
  • Monitoring comprehension levels
  • Balanced literacy, schemas, and inferences

Comprehension strategies is a fairly large topic, but our instructors have taken the time to break this chapter up into manageable pieces. Each of the video lessons examines different aspects of this topic, and we use both audio and visual strategies to make the learning experience entertaining and engaging. The user interface on our site allows you to click on the video tags so you can jump around the topics as needed. You can also evaluate how much you have retained by taking the lesson quizzes. You may wish to try answering the questions from our chapter exam as extra practice for your TExMaT MRT exam date.

TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Comprehension Strategies Objectives

The TExMaT Master Reading Teacher designation identifies strong, academic leaders who are ready to guide fellow educators in the field. To earn this distinction, candidates must meet all requirements, which include passing the TExMaT MRT exam. A passing score on this exam would be 240 points or higher. There are two types of questions on the exam, including open-response questions and multiple-choice. Out of the five domain categories covered in this test, three of the categories cover topics related to assessment, instructional design, and MRT responsibilities. The remaining two categories make up the bulk of the test, and these categories include questions related to comprehension strategies and the foundational skills of reading.

18 Lessons in Chapter 5: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Comprehension Strategies
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How Students Read Interactively to Construct Meaning

1. 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.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

2. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

Using Context to Construct Meaning

3. Using Context to Construct Meaning

In order to understand what they are reading, students need to use the context in which the text exists. In this lesson, we'll look at how teachers can help students learn to use some context-specific strategies as they read.

Pre-Reading, Reading & Post-Reading Activities

4. Pre-Reading, Reading & Post-Reading Activities

For your students to get the most out of their work, you shouldn't just throw a book at them. Instead, carefully constructed pre-reading, reading, and post-reading activities allow you to check for understanding and help increase interest.

Reading Comprehension Strategies

5. Reading Comprehension Strategies

Learning to hone the skills of reading comprehension can be difficult. To help in the process this lesson explores visualizing, making connections and inferences, determining importance, and synthesizing text.

Reading Comprehension Activities & Organization

6. Reading Comprehension Activities & Organization

Watch this video lesson to learn about various activities and tools you can use to help increase your students' reading comprehension. Also, learn about a formal assessment you can use to test a particular student's reading comprehension level.

How Students Can Self-Monitor for Reading Comprehension

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.

Utilizing Text to Construct Meaning

8. Utilizing Text to Construct Meaning

Learning to construct meaning is an important part of the reading process. This lessons discusses how things like visualizing, paraphrasing, asking questions, and making connections can aid in the constructing meaning process.

How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

9. 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.

Helpful Resources When Reading

10. Helpful Resources When Reading

This lesson will explore resources that can be helpful for a student who is reading a particularly difficult text. Each resource description will include commentary on how it can assist students during the reading process.

Bottom-Up Processing in Psychology: Examples & Definition

11. Bottom-Up Processing in Psychology: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, you'll learn what bottom-up processing is and review some examples of this decision-making strategy. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

12. Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

Are you a big-picture person or do you get caught up in the details? Explore two ways that you can use your cognitive resources to focus your attention. This lesson provides both the details and the big picture for top-down and bottom-up processing.

Using Schemata in Education

13. Using Schemata in Education

Think about all the things that you know about. In this lesson, we'll examine schemata, or ideas about things that you know, and how they relate to education, including what teachers should do to use schemata with their students.

Part-to-Whole Instructional Strategies & Examples

14. Part-to-Whole Instructional Strategies & Examples

Do you know the expression '~'You need to crawl before you can walk?~' Part-to-whole instructional strategies take that approach, and in this video we'll explore what they are and how teachers can use them in the classroom.

Text-Based Instructional Strategies

15. 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.

Whole-to-Part, Reader-Based & Psycholinguistic Instructional Approaches

16. Whole-to-Part, Reader-Based & Psycholinguistic Instructional Approaches

In this lesson, we'll examine how to teach reading using whole-to-part strategies, including what psycholinguistics says about the ways words differ from each other.

Transactional Strategy Instruction

17. Transactional Strategy Instruction

Have you ever noticed all the different things that you do as you read? Whether it's visualizing what you're reading or making predictions about what's to come, using reading strategies is a key part of the transactional approach to reading instruction.

Balanced Literacy: Activities & Examples

18. Balanced Literacy: Activities & Examples

With all the different ways to teach reading and writing, things can feel overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll look at one way to combine disparate ideas about literacy instruction and how to apply it in the classroom.

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