Reading Comprehension Strategies - Graphic Organizers & Picture Dictionary
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Students practice using 10 reading comprehension strategies with the digital and printable graphic organizers in this resource. Students can also create a printable or digital picture dictionary of the reading comprehension strategies they use. All the reading strategies can be used with both fiction and non-fiction texts. Using these graphic organizers and creating a personal picture dictionary will help your students develop their reading comprehension skills so they can more easily access the information in the texts they read.
Resource at a Glance:
* They will learn how to use 10 different reading strategies when reading fiction and non-fiction texts.
* They will practice recording information about how they use reading strategies for various types of texts.
* They can practice explaining how they used particular reading strategies.
* They will create their own illustrated dictionary of reading strategies to help them remember how to use each strategy.
All students, especially students who do not use reading strategies as much as they should to comprehend the texts they read.
* You can use the list describing the reading comprehension strategies to review what they mean before students practice using them.
* The graphic organizers let you see which reading strategies students are using and where in a text they are using them.
* You can tell students to use particular reading strategies if you want your students to practice using certain ones.
* The recording pages/slides help you keep track of which strategies you are using with your students and/or which strategies individual students are using.
* The picture dictionary lets you see how well students understand how to use the reading strategies.
What educators who have used this resource say about it:
♥ "I've been working on reading comprehension strategies with my students and this has been great!" -- Cindy V.
♥ "A great tool for any Language Arts class in middle school. I love the dictionary too. Thanks for sharing this useful unit." -- Sandra N.
♥ "Very nice resource! This will hold my students accountable for utilizing reading strategies to understand their reading." -- Elizabeth B.
What you get in this reading product:
★ Cover (1 page)
★ A list of materials in this resource for easy reference (1 page)
★ A Notes to the Teacher page with background information (1 page)
★ A list of the ELA Common Core standards this resource helps address (1 page)
★ Directions for how to access the digital materials (1 page)
★ Explanation of how to use the 10 reading comprehension strategies (1 page)
★ 2 graphic organizers of reading comprehension strategies for use by students (2 pages)
★ Instructions for how to create the picture dictionary (1 page)
★ Cover page for the picture dictionary (1 page)
★ Template to create a picture dictionary (2 pages — they contain the same info)
★ Recording sheets for teachers to list which reading strategies their students have used when reading particular texts (2 pages)
★ Copyright, social media, and credits info (1 page)
★ Cover (1 slide)
★ A list of materials in this resource for easy reference (1 slide)
★ A Notes to the Teacher slide with background information (1 slide)
★ A list of the ELA Common Core standards this resource helps address (1 slide)
★ Directions for how to access the online materials (1 slide)
★ Explanation of how to use the 10 reading comprehension strategies (1 slide)
★ 2 graphic organizers for students to record info about reading strategies they use (2 slides)
★ Directions for how to create the picture dictionary (1 slide)
★ Cover slide for the picture dictionary (1 slide)
★ Template for creating the picture dictionary (2 slides -- they contain the same info)
★ 2 slides for teachers to record info about reading strategies used by students (2 slides)
★ Copyright, social media, and credits info (1 slide)
This resource comes in 2 versions. One is a printable version with handouts that can be photocopied and distributed to students. The other is a digital version with Google Slides™ for students to use.
In both the printable and digital versions, there are 2 graphic organizers for students to use, each listing the same 10 reading strategies but used in different ways. One organizer is best used when reading 1 section of a text, for example when reading a novel chapter. The other organizer is more suited for when students are reading 2 sections in a text, for example when reading subsections in a social studies or science textbook. Reading strategies such as using context clues, using text features, creating mental images, and self-questioning are included, plus additional strategies.
You can use these graphic organizers:
* For jigsaw reading of social studies or science books,
* When your whole class or small groups are reading a story,
* In literature circles, and
* When students are reading any text independently.
A list of all 10 reading comprehension strategies in this resource is provided. You can use it to review how to use the strategies before your students read a text. You may also want to share it with your students after they have created their own personal picture dictionaries.
You can have students focus on practicing a couple strategies or tell them to use any and all reading strategies when they read a text. Then, when students are finished reading, have a class discussion about they used the strategies and let your students learn from each other.
This resource also contains 3 pages/slides that your students can use to create their own digital or printable picture dictionary of reading comprehension strategies. There is a cover page/slide for students to write or type their name and another page/slide for describing a reading strategy. That is duplicated in the resource so students can copy it for every reading strategy they use; that is, they will create a new page or slide for each new reading strategy used.
In addition, recording pages and slides are provided for your convenience; they are also in both printable and digital versions. Any time you ask students to practice a reading comprehension strategy when reading a novel, textbook, or other nonfiction text, you can record the reading strategies used on these tracking pages/slides. Writing them in list form like this makes it easy to see which reading strategies you have already used and then you can easily plan which reading comprehension strategies you want your students to practice in the future. You can also use these recording forms to keep track of which reading strategies each individual student is using and then have them focus on the strategies they don’t use as often, so they get practice using those reading strategies, too.
A list of the ELA Common Core standards this resource helps address is included if you work in a Common Core state.
The printable graphic organizers were originally created for English Language Learners in Grades 5 - 8 but all students can benefit from using these reading comprehension strategies. Use these reading strategies practice materials to help your students read across the curriculum!
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