Improving comprehension can be a struggle for some students. Comprehension can improve over time with modeling and practice. Using books students are engaged with is also a big plus. But sometimes, they need just a bit more help.
For some students who struggle in comprehending texts, we need to break it down into manageable steps for them. A fun way to do this is a strategy called Rocking Comprehension Reminders!
Start with creating an anchor chart and model each step with a book, article, or poem. If you are a member of our Free Resource Library, you can get the bookmark and anchor chart headings here! If you haven’t signed up yet, do it today!
If there are not many words on a page, students can read several pages at a time. There are a few students that may find a whole page too much. If you find that a student cannot handle the entire page, students can do this activity with half a page or just a paragraph. Take it down even further to a couple of sentence or just one single sentence if needed. Then build up from there!
One area that can affect comprehension is reading fluency. If students are spending too much brain power on decoding words, they may not be able to comprehend the text. Many students struggling with comprehension need to build up phonics skills. Decoding multisyllabic words specifically will help improve fluency. Improving fluency helps to lift comprehension.
Using short, engaging text can be a great way to practice multisyllabic words in context. Students practice decoding, dividing syllables, and finding them in the text. After reading the story, students then practice comprehension by answering comprehension questions and providing evidence from the text.
If you have students needing to improve decoding skills with multisyllabic words and/or their comprehension skills, you can check these resources out here.