Reading comprehension is one of the most vital aspects of learning for emerging readers. It is also one of the most difficult to master. When I first began teaching reading I spent most of my instruction time try to pull my students into a meaningful discussion. My efforts were often met with blank stares. The students were “reading” the words, but they could not recall them the next day. Students can recite words on a page all day long but if they don’t have the necessary comprehension skills they will not be able to make predictions about what will happen next, monitor their understanding of content, sequence or characters, clarify confusing parts of the text, or connect what they’re reading to their own experience or prior knowledge.
In an effort to provide my students with a tool to aid this comprehension, and to supplement our discussions, I thought of the 3 most important skills a student needs to comprehend and discuss literature: the ability to summarize, connect, and predict.
The goal of reading is to derive meaning, and meaning will not be realized through worksheets alone. But hopefully these worksheets will provide your students with the necessary tools to recall and comprehend their reading and provide a baseline for classroom discussion.