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This section is long and you don't have to read it before starting the program but you will need to study it at some point. There are a lot of important ideas here. Comprehension - Introduction "Comprehension depends on the ability to decode and recognize single words rapidly and accurately" Lyon and Chhabra So for many students, teaching fast, efficient word reading as we teach in this program will have a strong impact on comprehension and they may not need direct instruction on comprehension.
For other students comprehension instruction is crucial for understanding written language. Comprehension is a complex combination of problem solving and high level linguistic ability.
Good phonics skill is a prerequisite to reading comprehension. If your student or students are not accurate and fluent word readers, do not spend a lot of time teaching reading comprehension skills because you are taking valuable time away from decoding practice.
You can, though, use these comprehension strategies to develop listening comprehension skills closely related to reading comprehension for materials which you read out loud to your students.
Fluency training can be more valuable early on, because quick and accurate word reading can radically effect reading comprehension. Many sentences within this program lend themselves to improving comprehension because students can relate to them: When a student struggles to read "Give me a penny", and then you immediately give him a penny, you are working on comprehension.
When a student reads "Laugh at me", and you laugh at him, you are working on comprehension. The humor and meaningfulness of the sentences assists students in building comprehension: Comprehension strategies should be taught in a manner which is systematic, sequential, explicit and direct.
They should be presented in small, sequential increments, with lots of review and practice. They should be taught one at a time. It is best to master one strategy before focusing on the next. The general steps to follow in teaching comprehension strategies are: Direct instruction and identification of the strategy Modeling the strategy Monitoring of independent practice Independent practice Teachers need to describe the strategy, model how it is used, and have students demonstrate and model its use with a piece of text Bryant ; Swanson ; Mastropieri ; Graham ; Palincsar ; Vaughn Teachers can model most of these strategies by reading passages aloud and talking about their thought processes while they read.
They can also have the students do this as they read aloud. Comprehension strategies should be taught and practiced while reading books and stories.
Written language instruction helps with reading comprehension because it helps students understand the structure of text. Diagramming sentences and learning parts of speech will also help with comprehension.
Diana Hanbury King says that dyslexic students need to put a lot of mileage on their pencils. Learning about summarizing, main idea and supporting details are useful for composition as well as for comprehension.
For using written language to improve comprehension with secondary age students, see Longo, Comprehension 1 Phrasing and punctuation Students will improve in comprehension and fluency by learning to chunk text into phrases: You may want to create reading text with separation between phrases for reading or draw lines under phrases within sentences to be read.
You can also help students to draw lines under phrases in text. One way to work on phrasing is by having the teacher write a passage on the board, read it out loud, and ask the students to find the phrase that: Tells you whom the passage is about Tells you how a character feels Tells you how something looks Tells you about what kind of person a character is, etc.
AP® English Literature and Composition Syllabus 1 Syllabus v1 3 Reading and Writing Assignments Reading Assignments The most important requirement for this course is that students read every assignment — read it with care and on time. Persuasive Device Example Rhetorical Device Logos/Logical Argument Pathos/Emotional Appeal to your Audience Ethos/ Credible Source Research Argumentative Essay Graphic Organizer Created by: Cassandra J. Pratt. § English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 8, Beginning with School Year (a) Introduction. (1) The English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are organized into the following strands: Reading, where students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; Writing, where students compose a variety of written texts.
Point out that phrases and punctuation indicate where your eyes and voice pause. Students, who do not pause for phrasing and punctuation, may have big problems with comprehension.Tools for Teaching Writing Writing Prompts: Over for Practice Essays, Journal Entries, and More Persuasive and expository essay writing prompts, reader response questions and statements, and journal writing prompts for every day of the school year.
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