Provide direct and explicit comprehension strategy instruction.

Many students in middle and high school can decode the words in a text, but are unable to identify the central ideas or to explain the meaning of what they have just read. Students can improve their comprehension through the use of specific comprehension strategies such as questioning and summarizing. Content area teachers and reading specialists can provide direct instruction in comprehension strategies by encouraging active participation with text, as well as opportunities for both guided and independent practice.

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Choosing Texts for Comprehension Strategy Instruction

Trainers, coaches, and lead teachers can use this tool to provide in-service training on teaching comprehension strategies. This tool will help teachers consider dimensions of expository and...

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03/31/2014
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Learning Together About Comprehension Strategy Instruction

Use this discussion framework to provide in-service training on teaching comprehension strategies. During this session, teachers will work in the larger group and in small groups to deepen their...

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03/31/2014
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Teacher Self-Assessment: Teaching Comprehension Strategies

Staff developers can use this assessment form to help teachers reflect on ways they are providing comprehension strategy instruction in content area lessons. Related Media and...

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03/31/2014
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Instruction Planner: Using Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

A curriculum coach may use this planning tool to facilitate a workshop with teachers. Teachers will consider how graphic organizers can help students use comprehension strategies by engaging in a...

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03/31/2014
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Understanding Stories: Questions, Connections, and Visualizations

High school English teacher Lori Manning uses these instructional materials to scaffold student text comprehension. Materials include a list of text comprehension questions; graphic organizers used...

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03/31/2014
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Graphic Organizer Examples

View a collection of graphic organizers used across grade levels and content areas in middle and high school classrooms. The collection includes examples of visual aids teachers use to help...

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03/31/2014
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Four Dimensions of Reading Apprenticeship

The countywide professional development program provided at Saline and Three Fires Middle Schools focuses on implementing and integrating four interacting dimensions of classroom life that support...

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03/31/2014
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Classroom "Do Now" and "Exit Tickets"

This student handout contains the "Do Now" and "Exit Ticket" exercises that students complete at the beginning and end of Megan Montgomery's social studies class (I Do, We Do, You Do) each day for...

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03/31/2014
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Reciprocal Teaching Roles

This student handout contains a summary of the four Reciprocal Teaching roles that teacher Suzanne Herko refers to at the beginning of Reciprocal Teaching in High School. Related Media and...

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03/31/2014
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A Literacy Framework for Teacher Development

A Literacy Framework for Teacher Development

Listen to the coordinators of literacy activities in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties describe how they implemented a literacy framework and professional learning community, which included Saline...

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03/31/2014
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Reciprocal Teaching in High School

Reciprocal Teaching in High School

Teacher Suzanne Herko describes how she teaches her Humanities students about the strategies and structures of Reciprocal Teaching. Watch students discuss literature in small groups while playing...

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03/31/2014
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I Do, We Do, You Do: Scaffolding Reading Comprehension in Social Studies

I Do, We Do, You Do: Scaffolding Reading Comprehension in Social Studies

Sixth-grade teacher Megan Montgomery scaffolds reading comprehension for her students using a spoke diagram graphic organizer of the social studies text. View the sample material, Classroom "Do...

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03/31/2014
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