READING COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES
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...from Collinswood Elementary



question stems -- 3rd grade question stems by Priority Objectives

reading strategy descriptions + 47 graphic organizers ... William E.B. DuBois Elementary

INTO THE BOOK ... (Teacher Area) ...a reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers focusing on 8 research-based strategies; each section includes a student interactive, student video, teacher video, lessons, teaching tips, research, links

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In this section you will find a variety of free, printble strategies for improving reading comprehension. Use for individual instruction, learning center activities, homework, special needs, & more.
"Here" question stems ...designed to enable students & teachers to produce a wide variety of comprehension questions.
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reciprocal_teaching.pngReciprocal teaching is a very powerful strategy for improving reading comprehension. Here are teaching prompt cards that work for teachers and students. Each prompt card has a variety of cues so that when familiar with the strategy it becomes an independent group task.
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SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL-SIZE CARDS
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VOCABULARY...a collection of vocabulary strategies to help you add variety to learning new vocabulary in guided reading sessions
vocabulary strategy cards 1, 2, 3
vocabulary strategy cards 4, 5, 6
vocabulary strategy cards 7, 8, 9
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READING STRATEGIES ICONS
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QAR--Question Answer Relationships...4 types of questions ...

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Strategies for Reading Comprehension ...Reading Quest.org
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ABC Brainstorm [ instructions | print chart ]brainstorming activity, using letters of the alphabet
Carousel Brainstorming [ instructions ]brainstorm similar to graffiti strategy
Clock Buddies [ instructions | print chart ]a quick partnering system
Column Notes [ instructions ]a learning guide arranged in columns
Comparison-Contrast Charts [ instructions | print chart ]often found in graphic organizer form, a chart for comparing two concepts by looking at the ways they are similar and how they are different
Concept of Definition Map [ instructions | print map ]a visually organized word chart for expanding the concept of meaning and enriching one's understanding of an unfamiliar term
Graphic Organizers [ instructions ]visual organization of information, whether for levels of information, sequence or ordering, or relationships; often called concept maps, webs, clusters, or pictorial organizers
History Frames/Story Maps [ instructions | print history frame | print story map | print story pyramid | print character/plot chart | print cross-disciplinary applications ]based on the story maps that many students already use in English and Language Arts, the history frame is a graphic organizer that looks at key actors, time & place of events, problem or goal, key events, outcome, and larger relevance
Inquiry Chart [ instructions | print chart ]a variation of column notes and learning guides, inquiry charts are used specifically to generate questions whose answers will come from combing through a variety of sources
K - W - L [ instructions | print K-W-L chart | print modified K-W-L chart ]a three-column chart for approaching new content and actively engaging in it; contains components for before, during, and after reading activity
Opinion-Proof [ instructions | print chart ]a two-column chart where students seek to provide support or evidence from the content to bolster an opinion they have put forward
Power Thinking [ instructions ] an alternative system of outlining, power thinking involves assigning "Power" levels to information according to whether it is a main idea, subtopic, or detail
Problem-Solution Chart [ instructions | print chart ]a two-column chart that is especially helpful for looking at cause and effect; its components invite students to consider consequences, causes, and solutions of problems
Question-Answer Relationships [ instructions | print chart | print QAR concept map ]an strategy for understanding different levels of questions, from simple recall to more complex, and for recognizing the nature of given questions so that it is better understood what kind of answer is called for
Questioning the Author [ instructions ]a protocol of questions for examining how clearly an author has communicated his or her ideas
Pattern Puzzles (a/k/a Mystery Pot) [ instructions ]a sorting and manipulation activity for looking at the organization of ideas
RAFT Papers [ instructions | print blank form ]a framework for approaching writing that can be especially good for encouraging expressions of empathy and understanding of another's perspective
Reciprocal Teaching [ instructions ]a constructed activity for students to collaborate in understanding a selection of content (can also be done individually); students take on roles as Summarizer, Questioner, Clarifier, or Predictor
Selective Underlining/Highlighting [ instructions ]emphasis on the word "selective"; a means for students to read for key ideas, essential vocabulary, cause and effect, etc.
Semantic Feature Analysis [ instructions ]an attribute analysis tool; students can compare different ideas, concepts, people, events, etc. against a cross-referenced set of criteria
Story Maps...same as history frames; see above
Summarizing [ instructions | print Sum It Up sheet | print Sum It Up directions | lesson closure framed paragraph ]a strategy for developing coherent but brief expressions of larger ideas by focusing on key words and main ideas; included are suggestions for various ways to teach summarizing, including an activity called Sum It Up
Thesis-Proof [ instructions | print chart | print pro/con chart ]a variation of two-column charts where students use key ideas in their content to support a thesis; excellent for pre-writing
Think-Pair-Share [ instructions ]a cooperative and structured discussion strategy
Three-Minute Pause [ instructions | print overhead master ]a structured pause; a comprehension check
3 - 2 - 1 [ instructions | print 3-2-1 master ]good quick strategy for summarizing and questioning
Venn Diagrams [ instructions | Venn Diagram for 2 | Venn Diagram for 3 | Venn Diagram w/Summary | Venn Variations ]the most common charts for looking at similarities and differences
Word Map [ instructions | print map v.1 | print map v.2 ]a vocabulary strategy for visually mapping associations of meaning for a new term.
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