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Comprehension Strategies


Reading comprehension refers to the students' ability to read and understand information presented in written form.  Reading is not a passive activity.  Good readers interact with text, making and validating predictions, creating questions about the characters, main idea or plot, monitoring their own understanding of the text, clarifying the confusing parts, and connecting text events to their own prior knowledge and experiences.  All teachers must teach students the comprehension skills necessary to help them understand text and be successful independent readers. 

Think Aloud

Reciprocal Teaching

Teacher Read Aloud

Cloze Procedure



Literature Circles

Keys to Comprehension


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Reading Comprehension Strategies

A New Way to Teach Reading Comprehension

Early Literacy Reading Resources

Intel Teach Program: Strategy Bookmarks


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