As a reading teacher, you’ve most likely spent countless hours creating and planning reading lessons, hoping that this one will be the one that they will remember and apply all year long. And even after a well-planned, well-delivered lesson, we ask ourselves this question…
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If you haven’t read these 3, I highly suggest them! Especially Disrupting Thinking, because it did exactly that for me. It completely disrupted my thinking about reading, and gave me all sorts of motivation and ideas for working with readers this year.
I decided to start designing my reading comprehension lessons a little differently. Instead of teaching my students to just extract knowledge from the text, I need to show them how to respond to the text and give them opportunities to do it!
Think about the last most meaningful lesson you gave… when was your classroom most alive? I know when my students are making emotional and physical connections to text, and sharing personal responses, they are much more engaged and interacting with each other and the text. As they respond more, they become more passionate about what they are reading, which leads to higher comprehension.
To make comprehension stick, I have been keeping these research-based thoughts in mind:
“If you want kids to be better readers, they must read. And if you want them to read a lot, much, perhaps most, of what they read must be what they choose to read.” (Disrupting Thinking 2017)
Hands-on activities can be done in so many other ways. If you follow me on any other social media, you also know that I am ALL about novel studies. And the activities I design to go with them all follow my philosophy on reading. When teaching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we do A TON of hands-on experiments to really extend the text. When reading Number the Stars and Tuck Everlasting, we do STEM challenges along with the book!
I hope I’ve given you something to think about and now you can continue to design those amazing comprehension lesson plans, with these few tips in mind!
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