It is important to teach students how to focus on the strategies that good readers use to comprehend text. For example, to strengthen reading comprehension, questioning is a commonly used strategy that increases critical thinking.
Reading is a complex process with many different facets. It is important to teach students how to focus on the strategies that good readers use to comprehend text. For example, to strengthen reading comprehension, questioning is a commonly used strategy that increases critical thinking. Ask students to “be the teacher” and create questions for each other that are based on important details in the text. View this three minute Lessoncast to see how one teacher uses 3 categories of questions so that students focus not only on questions that are answered in the text, but also questions they have in their head (such as, I wonder why the moon changes shapes) and questions with answers that can be found in resources other than the text. In this way, students come to understand that good readers ask questions before they begin reading, during reading, and after they have finished the text in order to clarify their understanding and seek further information. View several other short videos created by teachers that address other important reading comprehension strategies such as Visualizing summarizing, and making inferences.
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