Every student learns how to read in Kindergarten and First Grade, but Reading Comprehension…that one starts for real in between second and third grade. Here in Texas, we take the state test in third grade. Therefore, students need to be ready in seven (7) months. Hopefully, by the time the get to third grade they should have some comprehension skills and how to go about finding answers and verifying their answers as they read the story. If not, that skill has to be learned in order to get them ready for their tests–known in Texas as the STAAR Test.
Lately, I have been doing some research on the relationship between reading and vocabulary and its impact in reading skills, reading comprehension, etc. how do they interact and how do you teach them. The experts’ opinion is that students need to know a lot of vocabulary, especially students that are bilingual or ELL learners. Dr. Kimberly Tyson, an expert in Linguistic and student performance says so in her Literacy Blog. Vocabulary is directly linked to reading fluency and comprehension. It’s totally logic because if you understand the words, then you can understand the story.
I have made a wonderful Reading Details document in Spanish that could really help students to do better in their reading because it teaches them how to ask questions and what to look for in what they read. It’s on Teachers pay Teachers at my store.
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