Strong reading skills open the door to a wide range of opportunities in education, employment, and social and civic life, but many students never reach proficiency in reading. By focusing on supporting reading comprehension, teachers can help even the youngest students develop the skills required to understand increasingly difficult material and continue their growth as readers. Teachers can give students the tools they need by carefully selecting texts and using them to explicitly teach comprehension strategies, help students understand and use text structure to aid comprehension, and engage students in reading and discussions about their readers.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.

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Read-Alouds Across the Curriculum

Read-Alouds Across the Curriculum

Christine Carriere, who served on the IES Panel that developed the Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Practice Guide, describes how she uses read-alouds for her...

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03/25/2014
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Literature Circles in Second Grade

Literature Circles in Second Grade

Listen to a second-grade teacher describe how she uses literature circles in her classroom. By providing clear roles and procedures she develops an effective setting for group discussions. For more...

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03/25/2014
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Buddy Talk

Buddy Talk

Watch how a third-grade teacher uses partner sharing to help her students discuss questions about what they are reading. She supports her students’ talk by laying the groundwork for effective...

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03/25/2014
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Principal Walk-Throughs

Principal Walk-Throughs

Hear a principal describe how he motivates staff and keeps students focused on reading using a variety of strategies, including three different types of walk-throughs. He discusses the...

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03/25/2014
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Engaging Nonfiction Readers

Engaging Nonfiction Readers

View this video about a reading program that engages students in science inquiry projects. Students are motivated to read in order to develop their questions, seek answers, and learn new...

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03/25/2014
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Using Peer Collaboration and Self-Reflection to Engage With Text

Using Peer Collaboration and Self-Reflection to Engage With Text

A third/fourth-grade teacher describes how she uses discussion cards to engage students during guided reading groups. Students reflect on their reading, make notes, and work in small groups and...

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03/25/2014
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Text Discussion One Step at a Time

Text Discussion One Step at a Time

In this interview, Dr. P. David Pearson, who served on the IES panel that created the Practice Guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, describes the value and...

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03/25/2014
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Developing Student Motivation to Read

Developing Student Motivation to Read

In this interview, Dr. John Guthrie describes several research-based strategies for engaging and motivating readers and provides examples for practitioners.

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03/25/2014
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Establishing Motivating Contexts for Reading and Encouraging Text Discussions

Establishing Motivating Contexts for Reading and Encouraging Text Discussions

This multimedia overview introduces the importance of providing a motivating, engaging environment for reading and facilitating high-quality text discussions. It describes the features of engaging...

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03/25/2014
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Instructional Planner: Strategies for Teaching About Text Structure

Use this tool to help teachers develop instructional plans for teaching about text structure. A note-taking tool guides participants’ viewing of related media and a planning tool identifies...

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03/25/2014
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Learning Together About Text Structure

Professional development providers and literacy coaches can use this tool to introduce teachers to the key concepts in teaching their students about text structure. Included in this tool is a set...

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03/25/2014
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Story Elements Graphic Organizer

This organizer was used by a third-grade teacher during a lesson on teaching narrative text structure, specifically identifying problem and solution. Watch the video Gertrude Took a Nose Dive:...

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03/25/2014
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