Through this Reading Rockets resource, you can learn more about how to amplify students' higher order thinking, build comprehension across different content areas, increase the effectiveness of read alouds and other classroom strategies. I found the resource on Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) interesting as it was the first time I had heard of this concept. It's a great strategy to help children's comprehension and motivation through science inquiry.
Into the Book is a free multimedia package created to boost students' reading comprehension while also improving their thinking and learning across the curriculum. Founded on research-based practices, this site attends to 8 reading strategies. These include using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating and synthesizing. Teachers select a strategy to find lesson plans, teacher guides, downloads, videos, and more for their instruction.
Ereading can help teachers, parents, and students by offering top quality reading worksheets, activities, and materials that are aligned to Common Core State Standards. While each activity targets a specific skill set, you can also search reading worksheets by grade level. All materials on the site are free, and the collection of resources continues to expand.
This article written by Jeff Wilhelm outlines a collection of guidelines, checklists, and assessment tools from his book entitled Improving Comprehension With Think-Aloud Strategies. These tools can be implemented so you can model think-aloud strategies for students to adopt when they read. These research-based reading strategies can help students during any reading task.
This website has a comprehensive list of links with printables, strategies, and online interactives focused on reading comprehension for high school students. Teachers might assume that a student who enters high school is already equipped with the necessary skillset to read and understand text. Unfortunately, this is not always the case which makes this resource invaluable for upper grade teachers.
Read Theory is a free interactive reading comprehension website for students in second through twelfth grade. It has over 1,000 interactive reading comprehension exercises for students to complete independently. After taking a short placement test, students begin reading passages, taking quizzes, and checking their own answers. Explanations are offered for correct answers after students finish each quiz. Teachers can get detailed reports to track and analyze their class' progress.
Mr. Nussbaum's reading passages are interactive, informational reading texts and question sets aligned to Common Core State Standards. There are 173 free passages to choose from. Passages are grouped by grade level and organized alphabetically by topic within the grade levels up to grade 5. There is an interactive highlighter feature students can use to highlight the text where they find the information to answer each question.
Research tells us that students who read with understanding at a young age are equipped with a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities, making early reading comprehension instruction particularly important. This guide, prepared by the WWC (What Works Clearinghouse), details 5 steps teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators can adopt to improve reading comprehension for young children. Short videos accompany each step to clarify the recommendation.