reading comprehension

The Knowledge Gap

Recently released, The Knowledge Gap:The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System – and How to Fix It makes the case for the importance of content knowledge for reading comprehension. Here’s an excerpt from this readable book: In another study, researchers read preschoolers from mixed socio-economic backgrounds a book about birds, a subject they had… Read more

Meaning Matters

Will you be working on reading comprehension skills with your students? For students reading at a Grade 5-6 reading level, you will want to look at the Meaning Matters series from Grass Roots Press. Students will enjoy building their knowledge through reading the contemporary non-fiction passages in the workbooks. Each book begins by providing instruction… Read more

Matching Texts to Readers

How do you match texts with readers? Do levelled texts help? Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts by Jennifer Serravallo is a new book that looks at levelling books as a tool for teachers, but only one tool in helping connect readers to text. To give you a taste of what… Read more