Teacher Tools Related to Reading Comprehension

  • Teaching Before Reading Self-Questioning Strategies
    Self-Questioning is the ongoing process of asking questions based on clues that are found in the text in order to spark curiosity and focus the reader's attention on investigating, understanding, and connecting to the text. The Before Reading Self-Questioning Strategy focuses on teaching students to use the self-questioning process as a way of previewing text before reading begins and creating a set of guiding questions to check comprehension during reading. 
  • Teaching During Reading Self-Questioning Strategies
    Self-Questioning is the ongoing process of asking questions based on clues that are found in the text in order to spark curiosity and focus the reader's attention on investigating, understanding, and connecting to the text. This strategy focuses on teaching the students to use a self-questioning process as they read paragraphs and sections of text.
  • Teaching After Reading Self-Questioning Strategies
    Self-Questioning is the ongoing process of asking questions based on clues that are found in the text in order to spark curiosity and focus the reader's attention on investigating, understanding, and connecting to the text. This strategy focuses on teaching students to generate questions and answer questions after they have read the text. This strategy is usually used for studying and self-testing information that should have been gained from the text.
  • Teaching Paragraph Summarization Strategies
    A summary is a brief statement or set of statements used to show how a reader has condensed information to get to the central message of a larger chunk of information. This strategy focuses on students reading a multi-paragraph section that covers a topic. The emphasis is on the integration of multiple main ideas to identify the significance of the set of ideas as a whole.
  • Teaching Section Summarization Strategies
    Instruction should be provided through a continuum of literacy services that place content area learning front and center, enlisting the help of all teachers. This is called the Content Literacy Continuum. The Content Literacy Continuum has five levels of literacy services: content mastery, embedded strategy instruction, intensive strategy instruction, intensive skill instruction, and language intervention.
  • Teaching Multi-Section Summarization Strategies
    A summary is a brief statement or set of statements used to show how a reader has condensed information to get to the central message of a larger chunk of information. In the Paragraph Summarization Strategy, students read one paragraph at a time, stopping at the end of each paragraph to find the main idea and supporting details.
  • How should comprehension strategies be implemented in a school?
    A summary is a brief statement or set of statements used to show how a reader has condensed information to get to the central message of a larger chunk of information. This strategy focuses on the type of summarization that is required for report writing. The students create a summary of the entire reading. The summarization includes a topic sentence, at least three supporting sentences, and a closing sentence.

Developed by: 
Keith Lenz, Ph.D. 
University of Kansas 


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