ERIC Number: ED234370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
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Writing Activities for Developing Reading Comprehension.
Karlin, Robert; Karlin, Andrea R.
As both draw upon language and experience, and both deal with meaning, writing and reading can be learned concurrently. Writing activities having a positive effect on reading skills include notetaking and sentence combining exercises. A more productive way of improving reading comprehension through writing is to have students base their writing on what they are taught. For example, after learning to recognize cause and effect relationships, students can write on a topic of their choice using cause and effect, first with and then without signal words. Mapping and semantic webbing, activities closely related to writing, also increase comprehension. A writing activity building reading vocabulary has students replace words in a passage with synonyms; cloze passages are also beneficial to vocabulary development. Writing before reading permits a survey of relevant background knowledge, while postreading writing reinforces retention, both of which are beneficial to comprehension. Finally, rearranging out-of-order sentence or paragraph elements can increase the chunking skills used during text processing. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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