Discover some of our activities to develop reading comprehension
We know that the main objective of reading is to gain access to the meaning of written texts. Reading is therefore more than the simple identification of written words. It is also an interactive process of constructing meaning between the reader, the text and the context. The quality of this interaction depends on the reader's ability to effectively use a set of strategies.
This is why the direct instruction of reading strategies is essential. In fact, direct instruction is considered to be one of the most effective instructional pratice to develop reading comprehension. Direct instruction includes modeling, shared, guided, and independent practice.
Our reading comprehension activities are always fun and engaging and aim to support teachers' direct instruction. They are designed to facilitate the use of children's literature for literacy instruction. Most of the reading comprehension activities offered begin with reading a book. Students first read books of their own choosing, according to their tastes, interests and reading skills. Then, they get together to experience the activities. The proposed activities can therefore be carried out by reading any children's literature book in order to respect the choices of the pupils and to facilitate differenciated learning. They allow students to share their ideas and opinions on the texts read and thus improve their comprehension, all in a the context of oral interactions. In addition, to further facilitate differenciated learning, many of the printable activities include an editable pdf version, which the teacher can adapt according to the intended learning objectives and the needs of the students.
The role of oral communication in the development of reading comprehension
The link between learning written language (reading and writing) and learning oral language is well documented. In addition to using processes to identify written words, the student constructs the meaning of the texts read by relying on their knowledge of the oral language.
Planning reading instruction that include opportunities to communicate orally about readings (questioning, exchanges, discussions), both during guided practice and independant practice, allows students to apply a variety of reading strategies.
When planning reading instruction, it is suggested to include opportunities for students to:
Refer to texts already read to help activate their prior knowledge to facilitate the understanding of a new text.
Make predictions about texts before and during reading.
Exchange, discuss and ask questions that encourage students to think critically about the content of the text.
Provide opportunities to read a wide variety of texts serving multiple purposes (e.g. cookbooks, instruction manuals, maps, informational texts, literature, etc.).
Establish connections between a given text and other books, their knowledge and/or their experience.