Friday, July 9, 2010

Topic: Teaching Comprehension.

10-second review: Assessing comprehension through asking questions about what students have read is not the same thing as teaching comprehension through instruction in comprehension strategies. Here’s an example of one comprehension strategy for young (1st- through 4th-graders) elementary students when reading information texts.

Title: “Reciprocal Teaching for the Primary Grades: ‘We Can Do It, Too!’ ” Reading Teacher (October 2009), 120-129.

Steps in the Strategy
Picture walk: Look at the title, pictures, headings, graphs and diagrams in the text.

Prediction: A smart guess about what the text is about.

Set purpose: Why we want to read the text. What we are trying to find out.

Clarify: Look for words that are hard to read or that we don’t understand.

Ask questions: Ask questions about things that happened in the text.

Visualize: Draw a ;picture of the most important part of the text.

Summarize: Telling what the text is about in a shorter way.

Comment: Sure sounds like SQ3R and the Directed Reading Assignment to me. So what? It works. RayS. 

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