Educators are quick to notice the children that are struggling with decoding words and reading fluency in early elementary school, but often comprehension issues aren’t discovered until later in their school career.
Difficulty with reading comprehension creates challenges in all areas of school and then later, challenges in life.
“They won’t be asked to read out loud in the real world, but they will be expected to know what they’ve read.” ~ Wray Herbert
In my recent live training, I said that reading is thinking. That means that it’s not enough to just be able to read the words. You also have to be able to talk about, think about and answer questions about what you’re reading.
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Visualizing helps bring books to life. Talk about what you are hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling, etc as you are reading or listening to the details in a book.
It’s also a good idea to share and compare your mind movie with your child’s. This can even help them to make connections to the text as they create the visualizations from the image or experiences that they already know about.
This is a fantastic summarizing tool that you can use for most fiction texts. You can help your child to summarize the important parts of a story using just the most important words and phrases.
Often children want to write more of a retelling and include far too much for a summary. This graphic organizer will help them to stay focused on key details.
Once you remember the order you’ll be able to use it anywhere! I’ve even used it for a creative writing prompt. If you love to write it out or have a student that needs practice organizing their thoughts, I’ve created a simple organizer for you. You can download and print it out to use at home!