Comprehension Corner

What Strategies Promote Comprehension?

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When teaching new trait of a texts, three helpful strategies are frontloading, practice, and scaffolding.


Procedural Frontloading

Frontloading helps students bring prior interests, experiences, and knowledge to a new task. Ways to frontload include:



         popular cultural material


Practice, Practice, Practice!

We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, and that’s true!  Ways to practice new skills include:

         reading examples that represent the trait

         writing their own examples of the trait

         rewriting a published piece to include the trait

         looking for examples of the trait in other media (such as music or comics)



Scaffolding means gradually reducing the support given to students while reading. For example:

         Start with obvious examples of the trait

         Provide guiding questions

         Highlight important passages

         Move to more subtle examples of the trait

         Encourage students to create their own questions

         Require students to mark their own text


For further reading and unit examples, see Going with the Flow, Chapter 2.

Last updated: July 9, 2008

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