ERIC Number: ED464372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehension Strategies: Grades 2-3. Alabama Reading Initiative.
Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.
This inservice professional development module, part of the Alabama Reading Initiative, presents research summaries, notes for presenters, and activities. The Comprehension Strategies module explains the process of building comprehension in readers so that they read for meaning and understanding. There are six interferences to comprehension that can impede a reader's ability to gain meaning from text. Teachers of reading should be able to identify a student's interference and act on it appropriately. Likewise, students must be taught to recognize what is interfering and to apply specific strategies that enable them to get the author's meaning. This module also expounds on the amount of reading--which is the single most important factor in improving reading comprehension. Sections of the module, and associated objectives, are: (1) "Introduction" (comprehension has to be built; and what six factors influence comprehension); (2) "Comprehension Monitoring" (how to teach students to monitor their own use of comprehension strategies; and how to use fix-up strategies); (3) "Text Structure" (how to teach students to use internal and external text structure to build comprehension); (4) "Explicit Instruction/Comprehension Strategies" (how teacher-directed [explicit] instruction in comprehension strategies helps students to build listening and reading comprehension; and how to help students build reading comprehension by teaching students to use pre, during, and after reading strategies with both narrative and expository text); (5) "Amount of Reading" (amount of reading is an important variable in expanding students' reading power; teaching strategies that help to increase the amount of reading that students do; and incentives that can motivate students to read); (6) "Deep Discussion and Questioning" (how to write questions that will address all levels of thinking in order to build listening and reading comprehension; how to ask questions that promote deep discussion to build listening and reading comprehension; and strategies that promote deep discussion and questioning); and (7) "Content Area Reading" (how to build reading comprehension in the content areas by developing lesson plans, thematic units, and/or unit plans). (RS)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Inservice Teacher Education, Metacognition, Primary Education, Professional Development, Questioning Techniques, Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Teaching Methods, Text Structure
Alabama Reading Initiative, Alabama Department of Education, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery AL 36130-2101. Tel: 334-353-1389. For full text: http://www.alsde.edu.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.