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Six Essential Comprehension Strategies

Join Cheryl as she details six effective strategies to boost your students reading comprehension! Youll leave this session with practical, effective techniques and ready-to-use mini-lessons to get your students reading, interacting with the text, and understanding what they read. o Contact information: cherylldick@aol.com o Many lessons and examples from the presentation will be uploaded to my website for future reference.

Recommended Picture Books

Thinking Strategies
Connecting: Self/Text/World Predicting/Anticipating Summarizing/Concluding Questioning/Monitoring Imaging/Inferring Evaluating/Applying

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Comprehension Focus

Cunningham, P., Hall, D., Cunningham, J. (2000). Guided Reading the Four-Blocks Way. Greensboro, NC: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Connecting: Self/Text/World
This reminds me of

Text

Connec*on

Lighthouse

My Life

When _________________________________ happens in the book, it reminds me of __________________________.

Predicting/Anticipating
Anticipation Guide
If You Hopped Like a Frog By: David Schwartz
Before
If you were as strong as an ant, you could lift a bus. If you ate like a shrew, you could devour over 50 hamburgers every hour in a day.

After
an ant, you could lift a

Prove It!
Prediction
I think _________________ ______________________ ______________________ will happen.

Actual
My prediction was correct. OR My prediction was incorrect. _____________________ _____________________ _______ actually happened.

Exclusion/Inclusion Brainstorming

Cunningham, P., Hall, D., Cunningham, J. (2000). Guided Reading the Four-Blocks Way. Greensboro, NC: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Summarizing/Concluding
5 Ws and H Strategy
Who: (Main Characters) What: (Problem) When: (Setting) Where: (Setting) Why: (Inference or Comprehension) How: (How was the problem solved?)

Questioning/Monitoring
I Wonder . . . Rivet Guess the Covered Word

Nonfiction Turn headings/subheadings into questions.


Heading Question

KWL, NKQ, ERT


Cunningham, P., Hall, D., Cunningham, J. (2000). Guided Reading the Four-Blocks Way. Greensboro, NC: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Imaging/Inferring
Brain Pictures

Infer with Photographs

Evaluating/Applying
Opinions o I think o
I think Ive had too much coffee. . .

My Thoughts

Notes:

References and Research-Based Citations


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