When I taught, we dug deep into books using different comprehension skills and strategies. While Karis is almost in 6th grade and she reads on an 8th grade level, I would like for her to dig deeper into the novels that she reads. Using mentor texts (picture books) really helps bring understanding to the text. I have about 60 mentor texts labeled with each strategy or skill that I plan to teach.
Along with mentor texts, I will be using a resource that I bought on Teachers Pay Teachers which has sentence starters for every skill and strategy. I was so happy to find this because it’s less work for me!
A Comprehension Strategy is what readers do to solve a problem while reading.
- Making connections: text to text, text to self, text to world, and text to media
- Predictions: what you think will happen next; a continuation of sequence
- Visualizing: making a picture in your mind of the text
- Summarizing: most important facts; usually includes setting, characters, problem, and solution
- Asking questions: who, what, when, where, why, how
- Monitor and clarify: checking your understanding throughout
A Comprehension Skill is what readers do to understand the text.
- Compare and contrast: what is the same and different
- Sequencing: First, Then, Next, Finally
- Cause and Effect: What happens and why it happens
- Fact and Opinion
- Making inferences: background knowledge plus text evidence (clues); may or may not be answered; feelings of characters, why things happened, what happened
- Author’s Purpose: To entertain, to inform, to persuade
Over time, I will be writing posts on each strategy and skill and what specific books I will use to teach it.