Reading comprehension is a complex subject with many factors influencing students’ comprehension. In this session, Dr. Archer will review the research on comprehension and present research-validated practices that can be used BEFORE reading a passage (e.g., teaching the pronunciation of the difficult words, teaching the meaning of unknown vocabulary, teaching or activating background knowledge, and previewing passages), DURING passage reading (e.g., asking questions, having students generate questions, teaching students comprehension strategies, utilizing graphic organizers) and AFTER reading a passage (e.g., leading students in a discussion of the passage, providing additional vocabulary practice, introducing strategies for responding to written questions, having students write a summary of the passage.) Dr. Archer will model these essential reading practices with informative passages reading.

Audience: Educators serving students in 3rd through 8th grades