ERIC Number: ED266426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
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Comprehension Monitoring Strategies for Whole Text.
Cohen, Suzette F.
Unskilled readers can become skilled readers and learners of whole text, if they are given instruction in effective strategies and taught to monitor and check their comprehension while reading. Two strategies for comprehension monitoring are self-questioning and reciprocal teaching. Questions students can ask before reading concern the concepts introduced and how the material was organized. Questions students can ask while moving from one subsection of text to the next concern understanding the main ideas in the previous section, and how they relate to those in the next. Questions students can ask after reading concern summarizing, listing main points, and ascertaining the material's significance. With reciprocal teaching, a student chosen randomly, following behavior modeled by the teacher, paraphrases or summarizes the content of the reading assignment and discusses difficulties in comprehension. The student then provides main idea sentences, and may predict test questions from the highlighted information. Inferences may be discussed relating the information to the students' lives and society, and personal experiences with the topic may be shared. (Information for student coding of major and supporting ideas in the text is included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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