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ERIC Number: ED236542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Comprehension. (Application of the Model by Dr. M. Hunt.)
Erickson, Lynn
Through instruction in synaptic linking--the process of relating ideas and information to produce expanded interpretations and new constructs--teachers provide students with a model for answering higher level questions about their reading material. Presenting a carefully planned sequence of reading comprehension questions that require skills ranging from simple recall to evaluation, teachers establish an interplay between creative top-down and skill based bottom-up processing and lead students to make mental associations using their imagination and the critical/creative reading processes. By giving students practice with writing, problem solving, doing anagrams, and text mapping, and by encouraging their participation in Junior Great Books--a program fostering individual interpretive thinking through a process of shared group inquiry--teachers can encourage students' independent use of the synaptic linking process. Teachers can also improve students' reading comprehension by increasing their fluency with exercises in oral reading, vocabulary development, and independent reading. Finally, teachers can use content in other subject areas to both strengthen reading comprehension and stimulate synaptic linking. (Contains a scope and sequence chart for reading in biological science.) (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A