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"The ability to understand sentences contributes to students’ reading comprehension. However, many reading programs tend to underemphasize explicit instruction aimed at enhancing students’ knowledge of sentence structures. Children with language impairments, students with learning disabilities, and English language learners may particularly benefit from instruction that targets potentially challenging sentence structures. This article is designed to help educators and clinicians more effectively identify and teach several sentence structures that can compromise elementary and middle school students’ understanding of written text. Four types of sentence structures that may be difficult to process are introduced and systematically explored: (a) sentences with passive verb constructions, (b) adverbial clauses with temporal and causal conjunctions, (c) center-embedded relative clauses, and (d) sentences with three or more clauses. Information is presented on syntactic structures, sources of confusion, developmental considerations, assessment caveats, and instructional strategies ... "
" ... It appears that reading strategies do not build reading skill, but rather are a bag of tricks that can indirectly improve comprehension. These tricks are easy to learn and require little practice, but students must be able to decode fluently before these strategies can be effective ... "
books about reading comprehension
Understanding and Teaching Reading Comprehension by Jane Oakhill; Kate Cain; Carsten Elbro
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
The ultimate aim of reading is not the process but to understand what we read and comprehension can take place at many different levels. There has been an increasing emphasis on the importance of reading comprehension in recent years but despite this there is very little written on this vital topic accessible to trainee and practicing teachers. The Handbook of Reading Comprehension presents an overview of recent findings on reading comprehension and comprehension problems in children. It provides a detailed examination of the characteristics of children who have reading comprehension difficulties, and examines ways in which comprehension can be supported and improved. It is accessibly written for students and professionals with no previous background in the psychology of reading or reading problems. This indispensable handbook asks the question 'what is comprehension?' The authors consider comprehension of different units of language: understanding single words, sentences, and connected prose and outline what readers (and listeners) have to do to successfully understand an extended text. This book also considers comprehension for different purposes, in particular reading for pleasure and reading to learn and explores how reader characteristics such as interest and motivation can influence the comprehension process. Different skills contribute to successful reading comprehension. These include word reading ability, vocabulary knowledge, syntactic skills, memory, and discourse level skills such as the ability to make inferences, knowledge about text structure, and metacognitive skills. The authors discuss how each one contributes to the development of reading comprehension skill and how the development of these skills (or their precursors) in pre-readers, provides the foundation for reading comprehension development. Areas covered include:- Word reading and comprehension Development of comprehension skills Comprehension difficulties Assessment Teaching for improvement Throughout the text successful experimental and classroom based interventions will be highlighted, practical tips for teachers and summary boxes detailing key points and explaining technical terms will be included in each chapter
"In this commentary we suggest that reading comprehension strategy instruction does not actually improve general‐purpose comprehension skills. Rather, this strategy represents a bag of tricks that are useful and worth teaching, but that that are quickly learned and require minimal practice ... "
"In today’s episode we’re speaking with Natalie Wexler. Natalie started her career in Law, and has always had a journalistic flair and a passion for writing. In recent years she’s turned her attention to the world of education and applied her journalistic talents to exploring, in particular, the American Education system. In 2017 she co-authored ‘The Writing Revolution’, which I discussed in detail with Natalie’s co-author, Judith Hochman, in ERRR029. Natalie’s writing on education has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and in these episode we speak about Natalie’s Recent book ‘The Knowledge Gap: The hidden cause of America’s broken education system, and how to fix it’. In discussing Wexler’s work we also discuss what the role of knowledge is, and what it perhaps should be within the curriculum; the role that Australian consultants have had in spreading reading strategies in New York schools; E.D Hirsch and his beliefs about where achievement gaps come from; the challenge of developing a knowledge-rich curriculum at scale; resources for teachers who want to begin working with a knowledge-rich curriculum, and much more ... "