Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies

Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies

Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies

Reading comprehension skills and strategies are practiced when good readers connect what they know with what they are reading. They wonder if the events in a story have ever happened to them, or if they know somebody like a character in a story. They think about what’s going to happen and make predictions based on what they know and what they have read. Good readers ask themselves questions like: What is the author saying? Why is this happening? Does this connect with what I’ve already read? Good readers stop to think about their reading and know what to do when they read something they don’t understand. They think about how the story is organized and what it’s about and what have they learned, and whether anything is making sense. Good readers try to picture what is happening while they read and draw it in their mind. Good readers also identify the most important ideas and restate them in their own words. They ask themselves what the story is mainly about and try to figure out the author’s most important ideas.

Reading comprehension skills and strategies: Assessment
Effective reading comprehension skills and strategies are used throughout the process of reading. Good readers self monitor, apply appropriate strategies, retell information accurately, make personal connections, use prior knowledge, identify the main idea and supporting details, ask questions, make and revise predictions based on outcomes, evaluate and express opinions, draw conclusions, visualize and use sensory information, summarize information, analyze story elements, and analyze story problems and solutions. A strong understanding and usage of all of these skills allow readers to connect better with the text. Children make personal connections with the text by using their background knowledge. This includes personal experience, connections to what has previously been read and a connection between what they are reading and something that occurs in the world.

Reading comprehension skills and strategies: Action
Strong reading comprehension skills and strategies are developed over time and help with the process of reading. Good readers determine what is important in the text. They identify themes and diminish focus on less important ideas or pieces of information. They draw inferences combining background knowledge and information to draw conclusions and interpret facts. They use prior knowledge and experiences to aid in comprehension of the text. They monitor their own comprehension and meaning of text by using an inner voice to think about what does or does not make sense. At LearningRx, we have proven methods that train the brain for success. Call aLearningRx Center near you or check us out at www.learningrx.com.

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