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Comprehension Strategies for Middle & Upper Grades

EDUC 600

This course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. The course begins offering three different options for assessing comprehension. Then, teachers are introduced to a wealth of strategies that can improve and support a reader’s comprehension. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, questioning techniques, text structure, guided reading and reciprocal teaching. There is also a focus on using literature to inspire students to read.

Objectives:

1. Teachers will learn how to assess students’ comprehension skills.
2. Teachers will learn about the Common Core Reading Standards.
3. Teachers will learn the different levels of comprehension.
4. Teachers will learn how to use DRTA.
5. Teachers will learn how to ask questions at various levels of comprehension.
6. Teachers will learn how to use the cloze procedure and maze technique.
7. Teachers will learn how to develop and teach a guided reading lesson.
8. Teachers will learn how to use SQ3R and SEARCH.
9. Teachers will learn a variety of strategies to improve students’ comprehension.
10. Teachers will learn how to help students monitor their own comprehension.
11. Teachers will learn how to use a five-phase comprehension strategy.
12. Teachers will learn different text structures.
13. Teachers will learn how to develop and use an anticipation guide.
14. Teachers will learn strategies for improving students’ comprehension of nonfiction text.
15. Teachers will learn how to use literature to inspire students to become lifelong readers.

Required Text:

Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud Strategies: Modeling What Good Readers Do” by Jeffrey Wilhelm

Text can be found at Amazon.com or at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439218594/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0439218594&link_code=as3&tag=profesdevel00-20