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Top 10 Resources on Comprehension

Learn more about how to increase higher order thinking, developing comprehension across the content areas, the value of read alouds, effective classroom strategies, and more.
  1. How to Increase Higher Order Thinking

    Parents and teachers can do a lot to encourage higher order thinking. Here are some strategies to help foster children's complex thinking.

  2. What Works in Comprehension Instruction

    The National Reading Panel identified three predominant elements to support the development reading comprehension skills: vocabulary instruction, active reading, and teacher preparation to deliver strategy instruction.

  3. Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) Q&A

    Find out more about CORI and how it helps children's comprehension and motivation through science inquiry.

  4. Knowledge in the Classroom

    Learning happens when we connect new information to what we already know. Here are four ways teachers can build content knowledge that will expand the opportunity for students to forge new connections.

  5. Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension

    Find out more about the benefits of reading aloud, choosing good books, and the value of "think alouds" in strengthening comprehension skills.

  6. Repeated Interactive Read-Alouds in Preschool and Kindergarten

    The most effective read-alouds are those where children are actively involved asking and answering questions and making predictions. Learn a technique for a three-step interactive read-aloud using sophisticated storybooks.

  7. Increasing ELL Student Reading Comprehension with Non-fiction Text

    Discover ways that teachers can help ELLs work effectively with non-fiction texts including strategies for introducing the components,structure, and purpose of expository texts.

  8. Classroom Strategies for Teaching Comprehension

    For each strategy, find instructions on how to use, downloadable templates, examples, recommended children' books, suggestions for differentiating instruction, and supporting research.

  9. Picture This! Using Mental Imagery While Reading

    One way to help a child comprehend what he is reading is to encourage him to visualize parts of the story in his mind. These "mind movies" help clarify information and increase understanding.

  10. Reading for Meaning with Your Child

    Reading with comprehension means understanding what's been read. It takes practice, time, and patience to develop reading comprehension skills. Families can play an important role in helping a child learn to read for understanding.

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