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Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Strategies Discuss this eTheme.

These sites offer various strategies to improve reading comprehension for students at all grade levels. Includes many online stories and questions to test reading comprehension. There is a reading comprehension inventory and research articles on this topic. Many pages can be printed out and used in the classroom. Some of the tips include KWL charts, story maps, word maps, and story pyramids. There are also links to eThemes Resources on graphic organizers, guided reading, and literature circles.

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This site offers a variety of activities for teaching and improving reading comprehension for grades K-12.
This story map graphic can be used for any story to help students better understand the material.
This is a story about former President George W. Bush for middle school students that includes comprehension questions.
Click on the links to read stories and then answer the comprehension questions. These stories are for middle/high school students. NOTE: This site includes advertisements.
Choose one of the following categories: "Fictional," "Holidays/Seasonal," and "Informational." Once you select a category, click on a title to read a story and then answer the questions. These stories are for students in grades 4-6. NOTE: This site includes advertisements.
This site has several handouts with short stories followed by questions that test reading comprehension. These stories are for students in grades 3-5. NOTE: The site has a pop-up ad.
This is the official site for a scholary journal sponsored by the International Reading Association. Read these articles for the latest studies on reading.
Scroll down to read this research article about reading comprehension and how it can be improved. A reference list is included.
These sites have printable and interactive graphic organizers to be used in the classroom. Includes KWL charts, webs, clusters, timelines, outlines, fish diagrams, story maps, comparing charts, cause and effect charts, and more. Some sites explain how and why to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
These sites explain the benefits of using literature circles to have students discuss books. Includes tips and handouts on how to organize the groups, how to lead discussions, and how to assess student participation. Learn about the different student roles and their discussion duties. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on guided reading.
These sites offer information about guided reading for primary and upper elementary grade levels. Read a case study, plus see how teaching strategies and tips have been implemented in different classrooms. Topics include the Four Blocks teaching method with emphasis on the guided reading and self-selected reading blocks. Also learn how to assign levels to books.

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