How to Teach Reading Comprehension

Instructors struggle with how to teach reading comprehension. The implicit-instruction teachers hope that reading a lot really will teach comprehension through some form of reading osmosis. The explicit-instruction educators teach the skills that can be quantified, but ignore meaning-making as the true purpose of reading. Principal Chad Smith

The die-hard implicit-instruction professors want to assume that reading comprehension is something trapped, but not taught. They want to believe this “feel-good” saying because it assuages guilt and legitimizes pedagogical laziness. These same professors spend tremendous amounts of time reading out high in volume and enjoying literature with their students. Occasionally, these “sages on their stages” may drop pearls of literary wisdom to their enraptured audiences. Of course, students enjoy this implied, spoon-fed “instruction” as it will keep them from needing to read challenging text automatically. 

The die-hard explicit-instruction teachers believe every instructional moment must be planned within the teachers’ instructional objectives. In case the reading skill cannot be tested and put on a progress monitoring chart, then it is simply not worth teaching. Unfortunately, these teachers give attention to the party foods of reading and not the key course. The snacks of discreet reading skills can be diagnosed and are frequently easy to train. The main course of reading comprehension is difficult to diagnose, even more difficult to teach, and just can not be quantified on traditional recording matrices.

Having detailed the extremes, here are the reading understanding strategies that will help teachers strike the balance between implicit and specific instruction and turn into their students into capable independent visitors.

1. The explicit immediate instruction advocates are right: the appetizers are necessary to enjoy the meals. But the appetizers are not the meal; reading comprehension is the food. So, as successfully as possible, teach the pre-requisite reading skills that help students unlearn their bad reading habits.

How? Understand your readers. Each comes to your class with different skill-sets and cuts. Each needs mastery of phonemic awareness, phonics, syllabication, sight words, and grade-level fluency to master the reading automaticity that will allow them to deal with meaning-making.

Effective whole-class analysis assessments that won’t take up all of your teaching time and differentiated reading skills instruction are very important to establishing the key course. However, students need to comprehend the goal behind the appetizers. Professors accomplish this by aiding all students “catch up” in their areas of reading skill deficits, while they concurrently “keep up” with challenging reading knowledge strategies instruction and practice. Learn about the value and purpose of reading checks that will inform your instruction. Learn about the value and role of phonemic awareness, phonics, syllabication, view words, and fluency in shaping reading comprehension for you readers.

2. Make use of shared reading to model the synthesized process of reading. Shared reading means that the teacher states stories, articles, poetry, tunes, and so forth away loud to students to model the whole reading process. Students need to see and hear patterned reading that integrates all of the reading skills with a target meaning-making. Without this “whole to part” modeling, isolated reading skills instruction will are unsuccessful to develop readers who read well on their own. The teacher stocks and shares the reading strategies as she reads that help her understand, interpret, and enjoy the text. The lady models self-questioning strategies and problem solving. Learn how to do a reading think-aloud and teach self-questioning strategies.

3. Use led reading to teach subtle reading comprehension strategies. Advised reading means that the teacher reads or takes on a CD and ceases to help students practice a pre-selected reading understanding strategy. At stops, students share whole group, couple share, or write answers to the comprehension strategies. Students do not read aloud as they are generally poor models. Master how to teach the following reading comprehension strategies: Summarize, Connect, Re-think, Read, and Predict.

4. Train independent reading by getting students to rehearse guided reading strategies by themselves. Teach students to make personal contacts with the written text message. This does not indicate that students relate aspects of the reading with their own experience. Instead, visitors access their prior knowledge and experience to understand and interpret the reading. Major is on the author-reader relationship. Learn how to teach students to imagine the text to increase reading comprehension.

Assign reading homework with required parent discussion, even at the center school level. We all have to get students practicing reading no less than two hours each week at 5% unknown term recognition with accountability. SSR in their classroom will not get this done, despite response journals. Immediate dialogue at the summary and analytical levels builds knowledge. Parents can quite capably supervise this independent activity. Learn how to develop a successful independent reading component.

5. Teach the reading and writing interconnection. Reinforce the reading/writing interconnection by showing how expository and narrative texts are organized and how each should be read regarding to their own characteristics. Wide experience across many reading genres can help build comprehension and writing potential. Learn the reading-writing strategies that “kill two chickens with one stone” and pay attention to how to teach a powerful read-study method for expository text.
6. Teach terminology explicitly and context. Terminology acquisition is important to reading comprehension. Teachers need to expose students to challenging text, teach context signs, teach the common Ancient greek and Latin word parts, teach vocabulary strategies such as semantic spectrums, and practice “word play” to increase vocabulary proficiency.

six. Teach content. Teaching content is teaching reading awareness. Good readers bring content, prior knowledge, and experience to their side of the author-reader relationship. Content-deficient readers can’t make relevant personal, literary, or academics connections to the textual content and comprehension suffers. Pre-teaching story background is essential to build comprehension. To get instance, why not show the movie first, once in awhile, before reading the novel? Pull besides several struggling readers and pre-teach key concepts to scaffold meaning.