Today we’re going to talk about 4 ways to support students who struggle with reading comprehension.
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Your children can travel to new places and worlds, while imagining themselves partaking in various adventures without physically going on a plane or train.
They can enjoy this process without being in front of the television or playing video games.
They can think for themselves and find pure bliss in this form of escape.
What am I talking about?
Last week we talked about using the strategy of Read Alouds and integrating four activities to reinforce the learning while giving children a space to have fun. The article is One Simple Strategy to Engage Children in Reading Comprehension.
If you’d like a read aloud book to help your children make new friends, check out Louis and Denzil: Making a New Friend.
This episode can be a stand alone one if you haven’t watched last week as today, we’re going to look at four additional activities.
So, let’s get started!
#1. The Group Piece
Once you’ve completed the read aloud, have your children piece together either the story (for younger children) or the passage (intermediate or high school students) that was read to them and then have them present it to the class to ensure that your students are hearing the text multiple times.
If you implemented the activities from last week, then have your students show their pictures as they discuss the story.
Regardless, give your students time to brainstorm their ideas before they present their version of the text to the class.
#2. The Class Piece
Piece together the text as a class. Brainstorm it together.
If your children did the drawings that we discussed in the previous session, have your children take their art and move around the room so that their artwork pieces the text together. They can then recite it out loud around the class. This adds a kinesthetic and visual part to your teaching.
#3. The Creative Piece
Since you’ve already pieced the text together as a class, take your students’ artwork and put it together as a mural. Then post it up somewhere so they can see it.
This form of learning is not only excellent for your visual learners but allows your students to feel pride in their work and build community amongst your students because they each of their work, pieced together, made this beautiful image.
#4. The Prompting Piece
We haven’t done too much in the way of writing so far. With this step have your children use the mural to write about the text that you read to them. You may also ask them additional questions to answer. For a list of writing prompts and templates, visit Reading Comprehension Exercises and Worksheets for Intermediate. Students
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- I provided you with a book that you can use in your classroom for your read aloud as a part of your social and emotional lesson, called Louis and Denzil: Making a New Friend
- Focusing on read alouds, we looked at four different activities to engage children in reading comprehension: The Group Piece, The Class Piece, The Creative Piece, and The Prompting Piece.
- We’ve talked about two ways to save you time and energy. Check out the links associated with this video.
I hope this helps you.
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