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Reading Comprehension Skills

Authors write to tell a story and share information. When readers comprehend text, they are actively thinking, learning something new, and feeling entertained or inspired.

Students need to learn a variety of comprehension strategies to effectively read the many different types of text they encounter. Studies show that good readers nimbly use strategies, adjusting as needed. For example, before a good reader even begins, they will quickly assess what their purpose is for reading. Can they skim the information and search for a few important facts? Or do they need to read slowly and carefully, either for enjoyment, or because they will be tested on the information later for a class. All readers can be taught effective strategies to help with comprehension.

Students with reading disabilities often have difficulty with comprehension. Sometimes it is because their decoding skills are poor and they are unable to read words correctly. Other students may have trouble processing information when they read, keeping large amounts of information in short term memory, making connections, or understanding information they read versus hear.

If you are a teacher, parent, or tutor, you can demonstrate how to effectively read text such as email, magazines, novels, and picture books using different strategies. Try modeling these comprehension strategies as you teach by pretending to be thinking out loud about each strategy while reading a text:

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