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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Unpacking Standards in Grade-Level Teams

Unpacking Standards in Grade-Level Teams

Hear a principal and literacy specialist describe the use of professional learning communities to unpack standards and guide instruction. The principal addresses standards-based instruction, and...

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03/17/2014
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Supporting Teachers’ Text Selection

Supporting Teachers’ Text Selection

A principal, literacy coach, and kindergarten teacher discuss ways in which the coach trains and supports teachers’ reading instruction and text selection. The coach assists with lesson planning,...

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03/17/2014
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Purposeful Text Selection to Supplement Core Materials

Purposeful Text Selection to Supplement Core Materials

Listen to a literacy coach discuss text selection and watch her help a kindergarten teacher choose nonfiction texts to incorporate into core instruction. The coach emphasizes selecting texts that...

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03/17/2014
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Reciprocal Teaching: Helping Students Take Charge

Reciprocal Teaching: Helping Students Take Charge

Watch a teacher lead a "Reciprocal Teaching" group lesson. Using this multi-strategy approach, students learn to lead discussions about text. In this video clip students are beginning to learn to...

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03/17/2014
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Using Thinkalouds With Fiction and Nonfiction Text

Using Thinkalouds With Fiction and Nonfiction Text

Kim Callison, who served on the IES Panel that developed the Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Practice Guide, demonstrates how to use a thinkaloud to promote...

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03/17/2014
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Teaching Early Readers Questioning Strategies

Teaching Early Readers Questioning Strategies

Watch how a first-grade teacher uses interactive puppets and cooperative learning strategies like think-pair-share to teach her students about questioning. Related Files: Garfield...

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03/17/2014
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Single-Strategy Instruction: Asking “Wh-” Questions

Single-Strategy Instruction: Asking “Wh-” Questions

Watch a second-grade teacher use a single-strategy approach to teach questioning. She begins with modeling then extends instruction to small group guided reading activities and independent center...

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03/17/2014
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Targeting Reading Strategies: Summarizing

Targeting Reading Strategies: Summarizing

View a presentation of a second-grade teacher using a gradual release of responsibility to teach summarizing. She uses story maps, guided practice, and literacy center games to support students in...

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03/17/2014
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Choosing the Right Text

Choosing the Right Text

Dr. Nell Duke discusses the importance of choosing texts for reading instruction that are an appropriate difficulty level, range in genres, and align well with instructional goals.  

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03/17/2014
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A Gradual Release of Responsibility

A Gradual Release of Responsibility

Dr. Nell Duke describes the “gradual release of responsibility” instructional approach to reading instruction, which involves explicit modeling and opportunities for guided practice leading to...

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03/17/2014
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What Good Readers Do

What Good Readers Do

Dr. Nell Duke, who served on the IES Panel that developed the Pratice Guide on Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, discusses the recommendation to teach students how...

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03/17/2014
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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies and Selecting Appropriate Text

Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies and Selecting Appropriate Text

This multimedia overview introduces central ideas in comprehension strategy instruction, offers some examples of specific instructional approaches, and describes the importance of text selection...

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03/17/2014
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