T&L 2900: ONL: Improving Reading Comprehension Skills in Content Area Classes

Learn the reading comprehension skills that good readers use as tools, consciously or subconsciously, to help them make meaning from what they read. These strategies will not address decoding skills or the most basic of reading skills. However, they can be used to enhance what is already occurring in your classroom.

By learning these strategies, readers at all levels of competency are empowered to:

  • become more proficient at making meaning
  • comprehend text more fluently
  • become more engaged in their reading

You will learn to teach reading strategies explicitly, using the gradual release of responsibility model. These reading comprehension skills will help your students to better learn your content area.

Through this online course, you will:

  • Identify the proficient reader strategies.
  • Examine the value of explicitly teaching comprehension strategies within your content area.
  • Analyze the use of schema within your own reading practices.
  • Design a series of lessons within your content area to teach one of the proficient reader strategies, using the gradual release of responsibility model.

This course applies to the voluntary Middle School Endorsement Requirements as stated by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board.

Please refer to the Course Resource document above for more course information (requirements, grading, etc.).


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Improving Reading Comprehension Skills (Course at a Glance) (PDF Document)

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