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Teach students how to use reading comprehension strategies.
- Explain how to activate prior knowledge and use it with other clues to construct meaning.
- Instruct students to develop and answer questions about important ideas while reading.
- Train students to develop a mental image of what is described.
- Provide techniques for students to monitor if they understand what they are reading, and reread if not.
- Teach methods to identify key words to draw inferences from the text.
- Give students opportunities to orally summarize the main points.
Teach students to identify and use the text’s organizational structure to comprehend, learn, and remember content.
- Explain how to identify and connect the parts of narrative texts.
- Provide instruction on common structures of informational texts.
Establish an engaging and motivating context in which to teach reading comprehension.
- Help students discover the purpose and benefits of reading.
- Create opportunities for students to see themselves as successful readers.
- Give students reading choices.
- Give students the opportunity to learn by collaboration with their peers.
Laying the Foundation
Students who read with understanding at an early age gain access
to a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities.
Recommendations and how-to videos from the WWC
practice guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten
Through 3rd Grade, can help students lay the groundwork for
success in education.