reading-strategies-for-comprehension
Fiction, Nonfiction

How can Reading Strategies for Comprehension Improve Students’ Ability to Learn?

Reading strategies support comprehension in reading. They help scaffold the students' thinking, reading, note-taking skills, and writing. Reading Fiction Fictional text is organized through the story structure. It is useful for students to describe the character by taking notes. To analyze the character, I use a web diagram and also a three column chart to… Continue reading How can Reading Strategies for Comprehension Improve Students’ Ability to Learn?

literature-circles
Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students

Literature Circles are a great way to have student led discussions. Students get a sense of responsibility, accountability, and cooperation. How do I start literature circles? The discussion director is the role I like to start with. As I read and think aloud, I write down questions. I model thought provoking, open ended questions. There… Continue reading Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students

book-reports-templates
Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

How can Book Reports Templates Support Student Comprehension?

Book reports templates provide a framework to explain the content of a book. Whether reporting on a fiction or nonfiction book, comprehension skills and strategies are used independently. When reporting on a book that is fiction, you will want students to include a plot map, character analysis, connections, and a brief book review. Fiction Book… Continue reading How can Book Reports Templates Support Student Comprehension?

text-structures
Nonfiction

How are Text Structures Organized in Nonfiction?

Writers organize nonfiction text into five text structures. They are description, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, problem and solution. Most text that students read above grade 4 is nonfiction. Text structure graphic organizers are a great way for students to organize their notes. Description Description is one example of a text structure. The text… Continue reading How are Text Structures Organized in Nonfiction?