Comprehension Strategies

Recommended Practice: Teach students reading comprehension strategies using carefully selected texts.

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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies and Selecting Appropriate Text

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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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Choosing the Right Text

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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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A Gradual Release of Responsibility

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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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Expert Interview

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What Good Readers Do

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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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Expert Interview

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Question Sea: On- and Under-the-Surface Questions

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Watch how a third-grade teacher uses modeling and guided practice to teach questioning. Listen as she describes how she supports students in learning to use the strategies on their own. View the...

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School Example

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Single-Strategy Instruction: Asking “Wh-” Questions

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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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Helping Students Connect to Text

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Listen to an instructional coach describe how she builds partnerships and supports teachers’ instruction in a diverse cultural setting. She discusses teacher modeling, the importance of developing...

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The Persistent Principal

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Watch a principal and district elementary supervisor discuss the critical role of building-level instructional leadership. The principal describes how staff development, data meetings, and...

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Third-Grade Articulation Meeting: Needs-Based Text Selection

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Watch a team of third-grade teachers review assessment data and hear how they adjust their reading comprehension instruction based on the needs of their students. Listen to a literacy coach...

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School Example

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Unpacking Standards in Grade-Level Teams

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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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Supporting Teachers’ Text Selection

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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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Purposeful Text Selection to Supplement Core Materials

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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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