Reading Comprehension

Explore resources designed to improve reading comprehension in kindergarten through third grades.

Explore the subtopics below to learn more about the recommended practices:

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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Partner Sharing: Good Readers Ask Questions

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Watch a second-grade classroom demonstration of a teacher engaging students in text discussion using multiple techniques focused on questioning. Throughout the lesson, the teacher builds on...

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Pumpkin Pie for Halloween: Text Discussion With English Learners

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Watch how a kindergarten teacher uses a variety of strategies to help English learners move from listening to discussing stories. She describes how text discussion develops across the early grade...

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Preparing Kindergarteners for Text Talk

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Hear how a kindergarten teacher helps students develop partner-sharing skills. The teacher talks about the benefits of beginning text discussion at an early age and describes how she establishes...

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Read-Alouds Across the Curriculum

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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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Literature Circles in Second Grade

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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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Buddy Talk

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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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Principal Walk-Throughs

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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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Engaging Nonfiction Readers

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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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Using Peer Collaboration and Self-Reflection to Engage With Text

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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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We’re Ready for Text Structure

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Listen to a literacy coach discuss why it’s important to teach text structure beginning in kindergarten. She describes the differences between narrative and expository text structure and gives...

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Gertrude Took a Nose Dive: Identifying Problem and Resolution

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Watch a third-grade teacher demonstrate how to teach narrative text elements using a graphic organizer. The teacher incorporates several strategies throughout the lesson, such as modeling,...

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Interactive Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Text Structure

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A third/fourth-grade teacher shares instructional activities designed to help her students understand the compare-contrast and sequence nonfiction text structures. She uses cooperative learning...

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