Monday, February 16, 2015

The Importance of Reading Comprehension

An area of education that calls for frequent attention is that of reading comprehension.  When children are in preschool and kindergarten, the goal is to teach them letters and sounds so they can learn to read.  Learning to read, however, isn’t the only important part of this equation.  In addition to being able to read, children need to also hone their skills of reading comprehension.  

It’s not enough to know how to sound out the words and read them on the page.  It’s also incredibly important to understand what is being read.  To help your student hone their
reading comprehension skills, here’s a great course of action you can utilize:

  1. Predict what will happen next in a story using clues presented in text
  2. Create questions about the main idea, message, or plot of the text
  3. Monitor understanding of the sequence, context, or characters
  4. Clarify parts of the text which have confused them
  5. Connect the events in the text to prior knowledge or experience

By teaching your students the aforementioned steps, you can help them learn how to become an active reader.