The resources on TeachingBooks allow you flexibility and creativity as you teach reading comprehension strategies. In Part Two of this two-part series, discover how your readers can use TeachingBooks to practice visualization, summary, and building vocabulary.
Creating mental pictures while reading helps students with story recall and comprehension.
- Listen to an audio excerpt and ask students to illustrate what is going on in the section.
- Use a book trailer to show students a snapshot of a story.
- Demonstrate visualization at work by using the Google preview for a graphic novel retelling of a classic story such as Romeo and Juliet.
Briefly capturing main ideas in their own words encourages readers to identify important information and draw conclusions.
- Explore book annotations to offer a model of summarization.
- Discover how to distill information by assessing a reader’s theater script for a picture book.
- Listen to an audio excerpt and have students summarize what they heard to a partner.
TeachingBooks links directly to Vocabulary.com for easy access to definitions, pronunciations, and context.
- Scan the vocabulary list for any book that has one. (See, for example, the list for March Book One). Have students find unfamiliar words and check the definitions before they read.
- Use the audio pronunciation feature at Vocabulary.com to hear and review new words.
- Compare the definition and context passages for each word to reinforce understanding and comprehension.
What’s working for you?
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