Guide students to read with purpose and understanding using our Comprehension
resources. Combined our resources help students learn to make connections,
organize their thinking, cite evidence, discuss text effectively,
and interpret visual information. Practice with these various skills leads
to students' deeper comprehension of increasingly complex text.
Reading A-Z's Comprehension resources support students' learning beyond Foundational Skills and give students the tools necessary to switch from learning to read to reading to learn.
Use Comprehension resources to introduce skills to your whole class, for direct and explicit re-teaching of a skill, or for deep exploration of a key question through close reading.
Other resources in Reading A-Z also emphasize comprehension skills. Each Leveled Book lesson and Trade Book Lesson along with lessons for most Serial Books contain reading comprehension and strategy instruction.
Literature Circles help students practice comprehension skills during independent reading time, apply those skills using their Literature Circle Journals for individual books, and analyze their understanding through group discussions.
Comprehension Quick Check Quizzes that accompany Leveled Books, Trade Book Lessons and most Serial Books assess student understanding of the text read.
Reading is not just pronouncing words—it requires understanding. Most experienced readers use a variety of strategies to understand text. Research has shown that teachers can, and should, teach these strategies to beginning readers. The following strategies can help students understand any text in any subject.
Predictions encourage active reading and keep students interested, whether or not the predictions are correct. Incorrect predictions can signal a misunderstanding that needs to be revisited. Instruct students:
Many students think visually, using shapes, spatial relationships, movement, and colors, and can benefit greatly from this strategy. Instruct students:
Having students form their own questions helps them recognize confusion and encourages active learning. Instruct students:
Relating the text in students' own words clears up language issues. Retelling challenges them to aim for complete retention. Summarization allows students to discriminate between main ideas and minor details. Instruct students:
Connecting a text to students' experiences and knowledge helps students personalize the information. It also helps students remember information when they link it to their lives. Instruct students:
Word-attack strategies help students decode, pronounce, and understand unfamiliar words. They help students attack words piece by piece or from a different angle. Model and instruct students to:
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