ERIC Number: ED233305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-21
Reference Count: 0
A Practical Approach for Teaching Comprehension Processes Using Magazines, Paperback Novels, and Content Area Texts.
Nist, Sherrie L.; And Others
Process comprehension helps students both to see why they make comprehension errors and to develop techniques to correct these problems. Keeping journals of their behavior while reading magazine articles helps students recognize relationships between their rate, comprehension, interests, and personal reading habits. Once students have developed an awareness of their own comprehension processes, high interest novels will increase their reading fluency. Geared to student ability and interest and approached through open-ended questioning, these novels can build student confidence toward the reading process. In addition, frequent quizzes on the reading can help students develop test taking skills. Content area texts can be used to help students develop good questioning techniques and mapping skills. Generating important questions on the material read (1) gives purpose to reading, (2) encourages the prediction of actual test items, (3) alerts students to important concepts, (4) highlights the material's method of organization, and (5) makes students active readers, thus improving their concentration. Mapping, a second process strategy, reduces information and organizes it into a meaningful picture for the students. (MM)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Paperback Books, Periodicals, Questioning Techniques, Reading Comprehension, Reading Habits, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Processes, Remedial Reading, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Textbooks
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Georgia Council of the International Reading Association (Atlanta, GA, March 3-5, 1983).