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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Guide Text Discussion: Preparing Primary Grade Students for Text Discussion

Reading coordinators and literacy coaches can use this planning tool to facilitate an in-service training for teachers. Teachers will view and discuss slideshow examples and use a question chart...

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03/25/2014
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Guide Text Discussion: Observing Text Discussion in K-3 Classrooms

Use this tool to conduct classroom observations and plan feedback conferences with teachers to deepen their understanding of strategies for small group and partner text discussion. The checklist...

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03/25/2014
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Motivate Students: Schoolwide Reading Environment Inventory

Download this inventory tool to assess the degree to which the school has established an engaging schoolwide reading environment. Principals can create a building-level leadership team to identify...

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03/25/2014
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Motivate Students: Learning Together About Motivating Readers

Use this tool to plan in-service activities for staff to learn about establishing a schoolwide reading environment. During this session, teachers will participate in a large group discussion and...

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03/25/2014
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Science and Math Read-Aloud Lesson Plans

This sample material includes lesson plans for two interactive read-alouds in first/second grade: one about trees for a science lesson and the other about sorting for a math lesson. Listen to the...

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03/25/2014
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Second Grade Literature Circles Lesson

This sample material outlines the sequence of a literature circles lesson, describes the student roles, and includes worksheets for each role. Also included here are several evaluation forms...

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03/25/2014
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Third Grade Buddy Talk Lesson

This “buddy talk” lesson plan includes objectives, materials, and teacher question prompts. Also included here are student worksheets for making text connections and teacher observation checklists...

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03/25/2014
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Read-Aloud Walk-Through Checklist

This checklist was used by a coach to observe a second-grade teacher using multiple strategies to engage students in partner sharing and includes the filled-in form with observation notes. View the...

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03/25/2014
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Teacher and Student Literature Discussion Cards

This sample material includes a lesson plan and discussion cards used by a third/fourth-grade teacher to help guide text discussions. The discussion cards provide cues to help students become...

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03/25/2014
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Partner Sharing: Good Readers Ask Questions

Partner Sharing: Good Readers Ask Questions

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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03/25/2014
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Pumpkin Pie for Halloween: Text Discussion With English Learners

Pumpkin Pie for Halloween: Text Discussion With English Learners

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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03/25/2014
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Preparing Kindergarteners for Text Talk

Preparing Kindergarteners for Text Talk

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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03/25/2014
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