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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading is required in every day in life. Whether it is reading a street sign, reading the news, or reading a menu, comprehension is the fundamental reason for reading. Reading for comprehension is an essential common core skill that can and must be taught to students. However, it is even more difficult to determine which reading for comprehension worksheets are the best. Time in the classroom is precious, and instruction must focus on essential skills. The worksheets must have a purpose and teach specific, targeted skills.

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Over 30 years of research has shown that instruction in reading comprehension skills is successful. Teachers can teach students how to comprehend what they read. Even more, they can help students remember what they read and engage in meaningful conversations related to the text.

So what does the research show? The scientifically-based research shows that there are specific strategies that enhance reading for comprehension. Reading strategies are detailed steps students implement before reading the text, while reading the text and after reading the text. The strategies are purposeful in enhancing comprehension. Reading is much more than fluency and word recognition. Reading fluently isn't enough. Students must fully understand the content they are reading. By learning and applying several different reading strategies, students will be able to obtain meaning from a wide variety of texts.

There are six general strategies for reading for comprehension:

1. Monitoring Comprehension

It is imperative that students learn to recognize when they are not obtaining meaning from a selected text. Students may read the selection fluently but gain no understanding from it. Students must learn what steps to take when reading for comprehension produces no results.

2. Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers are visual diagrams to aid in organizing information. Others names many include maps, webs, graphs, charts, etc. These organizers assist students in determining main ideas and supporting details. They help students visually summarize a reading selection.

3. Answering Questions

Appropriate questioning techniques may significantly increase comprehension. Reading for comprehension worksheets that contain low level to high level questions based on Bloom's taxonomy help reinforce a deeper understanding of the reading selection.

4. Generating Questions

Students need to be aware of their own background schema and how it relates to the current reading selection. Students determine what they already know about the topic, what they need to know, then what they learned. By developing their own questions, students increase their active processing of text which results in increased comprehension.

5. Distinguishing Story Structure

Story structure can be defined by the way in which the text is arranged or organized into a plot. For example, by understanding characters, setting, problem/conflict, climax, and validation, students increase comprehension. By understanding headings, subheadings, picture graphs and bold words, students also increase comprehension.

6. Summarizing

Summarizing is essential in processing and categorizing all of the information obtained. Students must be able to identify main ideas, discriminate essential and nonessential information, and build this new information into their current schema.

So which reading for comprehension worksheets are best? Any activity or worksheet that reinforces one or more of these six general reading for comprehension strategies would be an appropriate use of instructional time in any classroom or homework assignment.

Please check out these reading comprehension activities, then scroll down for a video for another "Top 6 List of Reading Comprehension Strategies."


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Free Reading Comprehension Strategies

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SQ3R Reading Strategy

Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review (SQ3R) is a study strategy that students may use throughout the reading process.

SURVEY

QUESTION

READ

RECITE

REVIEW

Students first preview text in order to make predictions and generate questions that help direct their reading. As students read, they actively search for answers to their questions. When they have finished reading, they summarize what they have read and review their notes while monitoring and evaluating their own comprehension. 

Step 1: 

Select an unfamiliar reading selection. The text shouldn't be too long and should include headings, subheadings, graphics, boldface words, etc.

Step 2: 

Model the SQ3R strategy.

Step 3: SURVEY or SKIM

Survey the reading selection. Examine the title and discuss background knowledge/schema. Look at the headings. Ask students what more they would like to know about the topic. Examine the graphics and read the last paragraph or summary section.

Step 4: QUESTION

Develop one or two QUESTIONS based on the information obtained during the survey.

Step 5: READ

Read the reading selection. Use context clues to help with unfamiliar words. Students may develop new questions on unclear terms, additional information needed, etc.

Step 6: RECITE

Record the answers to the questions developed while surveying and reading the selection.

Step 7: REVIEW

Answer question at the end of the selection. If there are no questions provided, summarize the selection by writing main ideas and giving an overview of the graphics provided. Student may also share their questions and answers for a group review.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week Quotes and Gift Ideas

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There are many famous quotes to help you say thank you to a teacher. If you are a teacher, your colleagues would love a thank you note as well! The demands on teachers are greater than ever today with high stakes testing and limited budgets. New initiatives and reforms are wrapped up in many meetings - taking precious time from teacher planning and teaching. Here are my top 10 thank you to a teacher quotes:

1. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

2. "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." - Goethe

3. "They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carol Buchner

4. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - Arthur Ward

5. "If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns" - Rita Dunn

6. You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. - Zig Ziglar

7. "If your actions inspire children to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are indeed worthy of the title "Teacher." - Robert John Meehan

8. "Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement."- Robert John Meehan

9. "The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life." -Plato

10. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."- Henry Adams


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