Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension
Comprehension strategies are sets of steps that good readers use to make sense of text. Comprehension strategy instruction helps students become purposeful, active readers who are in control of their own reading comprehension. The seven strategies here appear to have a firm scientific basis for improving text comprehension.
23 Effective Vocabulary Activities
12. Semantic Map This is another great activity for so many concepts. For vocabulary practice, choose a word. Students activate their prior knowledge to brainstorm related words or concepts on scratch paper. The word may then be put into categories (done easily by underlining each category in a different color) and then placed on a poster. The main word goes in the center. The subcategories are drawn in circles around the main word and related words may be drawn off of the subcategories.
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Anticipation-Reaction Guides are a great way to focus students' attention and activate prior knowledge! This opening activity is one of my favorite anticipatory sets because it can be used across the curriculum. Read on to learn more about Anticipation Guides, ideas for implementation, and grab free printables.