Successful reading of informational and literary texts depends on comprehension and vocabulary.
The shift in reading required by the ELA Common Core Standards places a new emphasis on students ability to build knowledge through reading a true balance between literary and informational texts; complex texts in social studies, science, the arts, and literature give students access to the world. This instructional shift focuses on reading to make meaning—reading like a detective. This involves comprehension—deeply analyzing texts and vocabulary, and understanding academic language.
Explore the evidence-based comprehension and vocabulary practices, all of which can help students build understanding through text analysis. Find out how UDL principles can help you differentiate instruction. Search the TechMatrix for assistive and education technology tools to support the Common Core instructional shifts.
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Comprehension is a complex process. To understand challenging texts across content areas, your students must be active readers. They need to engage with text in an intentional, thoughtful way. Read More
Proficient readers ask themselves questions about text. Struggling readers do not.Read More
Proficient readers can create summaries of what they read to aid their comprehension. Read More
Successful reading is an active process that takes place between a reader and the text. Read More
To thrive in all of their classes, your students must have strong vocabulary skills. Two types of vocabulary learning help them build these skills: Word Recognition Vocabulary and Meaning Vocabulary. Read More
Proficient readers use context clues to help them understand unknown words. Read More
Semantic maps are diagrams that feature words or words and pictures. Read More
In "word analysis" students break words down into their smallest units of meaning. Read More
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