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Title:  Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
Description: The purpose of the Practice Guide "Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade" is to help teachers, reading coaches, principals, and other educators successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers. This guide focuses on reading comprehension abilities that may be taught specifically to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Specifically, it focuses on three areas that current research on reading indicates are critical to building a young studentís capacity to comprehend what he or she reads: knowledge and abilities required specifically to comprehend text, thinking and reasoning skills, and motivation to understand and work toward academic goals. This guide includes five recommendations that the panel believes are a priority to implement: (1) Teach students how to use reading comprehension strategies; (2) Teach students to identify and use the text's organizational structure to comprehend, learn, and remember content; (3) Guide students through focused, high-quality discussion on the meaning of text; (4) Select texts purposefully to support comprehension development; and (5) Establish an engaging and motivating context in which to teach reading comprehension. Each recommendation includes a summary of supporting research, implementation strategies, and potential roadblocks and solutions.
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Cover Date: September 2010
Web Release: September 28, 2010
Publication #: WWC 20104038
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Practice Guide
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