Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.

Essential Strategies for Teaching Story Comprehension

Essential Strategies for Teaching Story Comprehension
Essential strategies for teaching story comprehension

A Brief Overview of Story Comprehension

Comprehension is fundamental to the act of reading and stands out as the singular purpose for reading any text. Although the comprehension process has been defined and explained in a variety of ways, for the purpose of presenting strategies for teaching story comprehension within Section V, we view reading comprehension through a constructivist lens and provide a brief overview of the critical elements that are fundamental to understanding and responding to stories.

Applying the constructivist view of learning to the process of reading comprehension includes critical elements of understanding as a reader interacts with the text (Kucer, 2001; Rosenblatt, 1978). Three components—the reader, the text, and transaction—are essential to consider ...

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