Course #4: Comprehension

This course is part of the Online Professional Development Certificate Program

 Research-Based Reading Instructions and Interventions: Elementary Level

About this Course

This course is designed to provide an overview of strategies and instruction related to comprehension.


Course goals:

1. Understand how to teach a cognitive process

2. Understand how schemata are used to create meaning

3. Implement new strategies to enhance students’ ability to comprehend narrative text

4. Implement new strategies to enhance students’ ability to comprehend expository text

5. Design pre-reading activities to enhance students’ ability to comprehend narrative and expository text

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Reading Assignments

Chapter 13: Comprehension: Narrative Text

• Chapter 14: Comprehension of Expository Text

Text:  10 Essential Instructional Elements for Students with Reading Difficulties: A Brain-Friendly Approach’ (Johnson, 2016).  

Video Mini-Lectures

1. Story Grammar - (1:28)

2. Predicting - (4:39)

3. Story Maps - (4:05)

4. Inferring - (2:48)

5. Comparing - (2:40)

6. Evaluating - (3:37)

7. Analyzing - (1:26)

8. Ordering  (3:43)

9.  Identifying Cause-Effect - (1:39)

10. Identifying Supporting Details - (3:20)

11.  Expository text: pre-reading strategies - (3:58)

12.  Expository Text: Study Skill Strategies - (3:36)

13.  Expository Text: Activities to Develop Cognitive Processes - (2:07)

14. Confirmations for Comprehension - (1:06)

15. Story Maps - (4:05)




Reflective Analysis and Response Assignment

Conduct a reflective analysis using the below template:

Select any three of the strategies above to try in your classrooms. Implement each strategy for at least two weeks (you can do this simultaneously). Then, conduct a reflective analysis using the below template.  Share your results on the FlipGrid discussion.  This discussion format allows you to share your ideas using short, recorded videos (90 seconds or less).  It is simple to use.  Go to the site below to record your ideas:      Use the password: ReadingAJ

Report and Analysis Form

Date(s) of implementation:
1. How did you use the strategy?
2. What seemed to work well?
3. What would you do differently?
4. Other observations and analysis:

Discussion Web Responding Guide

1. Interesting.  Find and describe some part of the entry that you like or find to be interesting or useful.

2. Question.  Find and describe some part of the entry about which you’d like more information or have questions.

3. Extension or application.  Identify and describe other ideas, applications, or extensions you might have related to the entry.

4. Other.