Ch 3: The Reading Process & Comprehension Strategies

About This Chapter

Gain a better understanding of the reading process and corresponding comprehension strategies by studying the concepts detailed in this chapter. Each engaging lesson is easy to follow and ends with a brief quiz to assess your comprehension.

The Reading Process & Comprehension Strategies - Chapter Summary

Reading is a skill learned through a comprehensive process best taught during key stages of development. Explore this process and evaluate useful teaching strategies that promote reading comprehension in this informative chapter.

Each lesson outlines specific, relevant topics about the reading development process, including word recognition, decoding, oral fluency and vocabulary acquisition. The chapter will also help you identify essential reading comprehension skills students need. Instructors will guide you via useful, effective strategies to advance reading development including:

  • Improving reading fluency through classroom reading techniques
  • Teaching vocabulary and word analysis
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Utilizing textual evidence to interpret information
  • Presenting literary texts

While the lessons are brief, they are still thorough, so take the opportunity to pause at the end of each to assess how well you understand the information by taking the lesson quizzes. Once you've completed all lessons, take the comprehensive chapter exam to identify areas you may want to re-examine. These assessments contain embedded links that direct you to specific topics for further review. You also have the option of printing worksheets for offline study.

14 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Reading Process & Comprehension Strategies
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What is Word Recognition? - Stages & Skills

1. What is Word Recognition? - Stages & Skills

Word recognition is a long process that involves different, continuous stages. Learn what word recognition is and explore the skills related to the different stages of the process, including the pre, partial, and full-alphabetic stages, as well as the graphophonemic and morphemic stages.

Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

2. Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

Teaching children to decode words while reading is essential and can be done by teaching them phonemic awareness, word chunks and families, visual cues, and more. In this lesson, discover strategies to teach decoding to beginning readers.

Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

3. Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

Oral reading fluency is an important element of reading comprehension. This lesson will explore that connection for teachers seeking to improve oral fluency with their students.

Strategies for Improving Students' Reading Fluency

4. Strategies for Improving Students' Reading Fluency

Strategies for improving students' fluency can aid future generations in their reading capabilities and can be learned about through adequate research. Learn more about fluency, repeated readings, partner readings and choral readings as reading fluency development strategies.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

5. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

Learning new words and using new vocabulary can open many doors to new things in life. Learn the importance of a growing vocabulary and explore strategies for acquiring new words, including using dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries, and discovering the meaning of words based on the context.

How to Teach Vocabulary Words

6. How to Teach Vocabulary Words

Students may not comprehend what they are reading when they do not have a rich vocabulary. Learn about how to teach vocabulary words with methods such as scaffolding vocabulary, word walls, words maps, flashcards, and bingo.

Vocabulary Strategies: Word Analysis, Word Choice & Exposure

7. Vocabulary Strategies: Word Analysis, Word Choice & Exposure

The days of pulling words from a vocabulary workbook are over. In this lesson we will identify and distinguish between the strategies of word analysis, author's word choice, and multiple exposures as tools for teaching vocabulary.

What is Reading Comprehension?

8. What is Reading Comprehension?

Reading comprehension is the ability to read and understand a text. Learn more about reading comprehension and explore the steps to understand the meaning of a passage when reading.

Essential Reading Comprehension Skills

9. Essential Reading Comprehension Skills

Comprehension skills are essential skills that students need in order to understand what they read. Learn the components of reading comprehension and explore how teachers can use fix-up strategies to help students improve their comprehension skills.

Strategies for Reading Comprehension

10. Strategies for Reading Comprehension

There are specific strategies that help improve reading comprehension. Practice strategies for reading comprehension such as using questions and connections, making inferences, determining importance, and visualizing.

Teaching Reading: 3-Minute Pause & Think-Alouds

11. Teaching Reading: 3-Minute Pause & Think-Alouds

The three minute pause and think-alouds are reading strategies that help students become better readers. This lesson outlines what they are, how they work and how to use these techniques in classrooms.

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

12. Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking opens the door to interpreting the world in a different way, and it is an important skill that teachers must promote in their students. Explore different strategies of teaching critical thinking skills, including perspective-taking activities, creating a question/answer parking lot, and designating learning transfer times.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

13. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

It is important to be able to navigate informational text, as well as understand textual evidence better, and there are ways to do so. Learn more about the steps on how to read informational text and how to recognize the different types of textual evidence.

Using Literary Texts to Teach Reading Comprehension

14. Using Literary Texts to Teach Reading Comprehension

Literary texts can help develop students' reading comprehension significantly; interesting literary texts can be introduced through read alouds, book groups, independent reading, and more. Explore the effect of literary texts on reading comprehension.

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