How can I help older students improve with reading comprehension?
There are a number of approaches to helping students organize their thinking and get the most out of textbooks. Some of the strategies, such as the SQ4R process, are useful in upper elementary, middle, high school, and college levels.
You may find the following articles of interest:
- Textbook Reading Strategies
- Comprehension Instruction: What Makes Sense Now, What Might Make Sense Soon
- Comprehension Instruction: What Works
- Improving Comprehension for Students with LD
- Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension
- Teach the Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers
- 20 Online Resources on Reading with Comprehension and Engagement
- Teaching Reading to Teens with Reading Disabilities
Also, having the students complete simple text summary activities can help you get a better idea of which aspects of comprehension they find difficult. Our sister site, AdLit, has several summary sheets available, as well as an excellent library of comprehension articles.
Finally, the Learning Strategies Database at Muskingum College’s Center for Advancement of Learning (CAL) has a very useful website. It has an extremely comprehensive listing of reading comprehension strategies applicable to both secondary and postsecondary instruction.