Reading comprehension is critical–even if your student is the most fluid out loud reader…are they really understanding what they’re reading? Reading comprehension weaknesses can be sneaky because it can be difficult to identify. In last weeks episode, Rachel & Steph dug in to why students can pretend they understand what they’re reading (when they don’t) and give you some of their favorite reading comprehension strategies. This week, they’ll share the rest of the strategies and the Key Takeaways they want to make sure you know.

The first four strategies from last week:

  1. Knowing what the story is about in advance using images in the book and Sparknotes
  2. Prefilling a book with sticky notes that have questions on them
  3. Using visualization
  4. Audiobooks

Strategies five through ten:

5. Make true life connections with the story

6. Reading for answers

7. When going through guided reading questions, restate the questions in your own words and identify how many questions you are responsible for answering

8. Creating a summary for the part you are reading

9. Talking out loud:

10. Skim and scoop

Top 10 Reading Comprehension Strategies

Other episodes mentioned:

Episode 12: (Reading Series) “My kid isn’t reading.”
Episode 17: (Reading Series) Our Top 10 Reading Comprehension Strategies (Part 1)