Comprehension Is The Purpose Of Reading

1039 WordsMay 11, 20175 Pages
According to Thompkins (2016) comprehension is the purpose of reading, students need to understand and enjoy what they are reading to learn from it. It’s the creative process of activating prior knowledge, to explore and apply what is read. For example, if students need to know how to play a new board game, they read the instructions for direction. Comprehension implies different levels of thinking: from literal to inferential, then critical and evaluative. Literal is the first level of comprehension, where the reader connects with the text, examine it and capturing the details, main ideas, similarities and differences, is the what, why, who, when, how process. Prior knowledge is building during this level. Instead the inferential level…show more content…
So, the educator needs to provide books that are at students’ reading level, use of read aloud for challenging books, also promote reteach and reread strategies. Instructional strategies and Activities Per Thompkins (2016), comprehension strategies are careful conducts that students use to understand what they read and motivate them to be active in the reading process. Strategies that include thinking are known as cognitive, and strategies that help children reflect on own thinking are called metacognition. An example of cognitive strategy is prediction as it is a thinking process, instead monitoring own reading is a metacognition strategy. Instructional strategies and activities that develops comprehension skills are • Graphic and semantic organizers: they help students organize thoughts of a topic-concept to broader concepts; It will help children understand and connect with the text, it will help also, to be more organized when writing a summary, and students can use visuals to examine. • Connection strategies that correlate text to background knowledge as of text to self, text to world, and text to text. Text to self when the content connects with personal life; text to world when the passage relates to things that are known of world from school or other resources. The last connection, text to text is a strategy used to make connection with other known books, with challenging critical thinking. • Reciprocal Teaching, a strategy performed during
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