Teaching Reading Comprehension And Fluency

1044 Words Jun 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Reading comprehension and fluency are explored in chapters three and four. The authors of chapter three review what they feel to be ten essential elements of teaching reading comprehension. It only stands to reason that a child’s knowledge of the world around them greatly affects their comprehension, especially while reading expository text. However, not all students enter the classroom with the same amount of this “world knowledge”. I have had students who have summered in Europe and students who have never left the state all in the same classroom. Teachers must provide differentiation in instruction, as well opportunities to engage in a wide variety of texts to build domain and world knowledge to support reading comprehension. As a STEM lab instructor and lover of children’s literacy, I am intrigued by the, Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading, program referenced in chapter three. I am continuously looking for ways to use literature to introduce my STEM topics. Not only are world knowledge and exposure to various genres essential elements in reading comprehension, but students should also be motiviated! Students should enjoy what they read. I appreciate how the authors refer to this as the “will and thrill, not just the skill”. Before we can teach strategies, text structure, and engage students in meaningful discussions, they need to get hooked on the idea of reading. By keeping a reading journal, students can have the opportunity to write about their favorite…
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