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monitor comprehension in silent reading
Thu Jun 11, 2015 20:31

Its definitely difficult to monitor comprehension when students are reading silently. I thtkn the only way to do it is by asking them questions periodically or having them jot down notes (predictions, questions, a-has) as they read. One of the things I did with my 4th graders was give them DRTA stopping points in their books. They read independently and stopped at predetermined places to write their understanding of what they read and predict what would be next. In small group or one-to one its a bit easier because you can watch them for cues.

I try to teach my students to read the way I would as an adult reader. That is, if I come to a word I don't know what does a sophisticated reader do? I think most readers get a "gist" of what the word means and moves on. If it seems important I may re-read and use contextual clues. The only time I would ever use a dictionary to look up a word is if it was a content word that I had to understand to make sense of the text. It's important for our students to have flexible strategies and know when to apply them.

  • re:vocabulary instruction - hillaryyarbrough, Thu Jun 11 17:17
    This brings up a very good point. If students do not understand words that they are reading then as you said they could miss a large portion of what the book is about. My question would be, how do we ... more
    • monitor comprehension in silent reading - catheyt, Thu Jun 11 20:31
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