Are you looking for hacks to improve your kids’ reading comprehensions skills? If so, keep reading.
1. Present new words and their meanings to the student before reading new content.
2. Teach the student to think about the reading selection and forecast what will happen prior to reading the selection.
3. Select a peer tutor to study with the student for exams, tests, etc.
4. Provide the student time to read a selection more than once. Place emphasis on accuracy, not speed.
5. Compose notes and letters to the student to give reading content that they will want to read for comprehension. Learners may be encouraged to write notes and letters to classmates at a time set aside each day, once a week, etc.
6. Get the student to outline, underline, or highlight essential points in written content.
7. Teach the student to use context clues to find the meanings of words and phrases not known.
8. Teach the student to use related learning experience s in their classes (e.g., filmstrips, movies, recordings, demonstrations, discussions, lectures, videotapes, etc.). Urge teachers to give alternative learning experience s for the student.
9. Separate the student at several points throughout a reading selection to check for comprehension.
10. Utilize a sight-word vocabulary approach to teach the student keywords (e.g., circle, underline, match, etc.) and phrases when reading directions and instructions.
11. Get the student to find words they do not comprehend. Get them to find the definitions of these words in the dictionary.
12. Get the student to work with a peer and teacher. The first student will dictate a short paragraph to be typed by the teacher and will also compose a comprehension question. The second student, after listening to the process, will read the story orally and answer the comprehension question. Then student roles can be reversed.
13. Get the student to match vocabulary words with images representing the words.
14. Give the student written directions After learning activities that target concrete experiences (e.g., following a recipe, following instructions to put a model together, etc.) to enable comprehension.
15. Give the student written one-step, two-step, and three-step instruction-following learning activities (e.g., sharpen your pencil, open your text to page 121, etc.).
16. Utilize reading sequence content with high interest, low vocabulary for the older student.
17. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.
18. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.
19. Try using one of our many apps designed to teach literacy skills and help students with reading issues:
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