Comprehension That Sticks
A case study of explicit strategy instruction in Year 2
“Active readers interact with the text as they read. Getting readers to think when they read, to develop awareness of their thinking, and to actively use the knowledge they glean are primary goals of comprehension instruction.”
Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement (2007) Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis. Stenhouse Publishers.
Initially, I started to be more overt in my teaching practice by modeling my own thinking during shared reading experiences with my class. By reflecting throughout and recording my actions as a proficient reader, I was able to introduce and use the vocabulary connected to each comprehension strategy I introduced.
My analysis of reading assessment data and initial modeling suggested that the next step for my class was to focus on the comprehension strategies of: visualizing, inferring, connecting and questioning.
My case study of explicit strategy instruction in Year 2