Fostering and teaching reading comprehension

This was yet another very informative reading. The author describes 10 essential elements of effective reading comprehension. For each one, they describe what this looks like, why it is important and a featured approach. These featured approaches were very interesting to read but seemed like a reach to turn key and use in my own classroom. Most of them were on specific curriculums used, that most teachers do not have access to.

One of the most interesting approaches I read about was The Seeds of Science/ Roots of Reading. This is a program that integrates science concepts are reading. The students read about different science concepts while practicing reading strategies. Teachers found out that students had a much higher comprehension rate when they were reading about interesting and engaging topics. I found this most interesting because our school does not have a specific time in the day to teach science. When we do have the time, over 90% of students are engaged and interested in what we are learning and what they are reading. They can connect the science topics to things in the real world, recall that knowledge at a later date and apply what they know to hands on experiments. This is exactly what we want our students to do during “reading time”. If I have the opportunity, hopefully in small group time, I will try to apply this concept and find interesting science topics for students to read about and practice our reading strategies with it.

Another helpful hint I read about was learning the balance that not every strategy needs to be used at once. If students continue to practice a concept too often, for example every day for two weeks, students will lose the comprehension and purpose of reading, which is to read and comprehend. In my own classroom, I like to see that students know how to use and apply the strategies when necessary. They shouldn’t be using every strategy and every graphic organizer all the time.


One thought on “Fostering and teaching reading comprehension

  1. Christina

    Ally, I also found description of the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading program interesting. I work at a STEM magnet school, and we are always integrating science into other domains. However, most grades are still bound by the 90 minute literacy block. An initiative like Seeds of Science takes meets both needs: it weaves literacy into science in such a way that the two are inextricable.


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