Teaching comprehension strategies is designed to methodically and creatively teach students the skills and strategies needed for effective comprehension. These strategies have been defined as understanding words, finding information, identifying the main idea, sequencing, comparing, predicting, concluding, summarising, inferring, cause and effect, fact or opinion and point of view.
original and varied texts, customised to suit the strategy being highlighted
skills and strategies specifically taught using explicitly modelled as well as supported examples and activities
a student ‘test’ page, where students apply the particular strategy being taught – suitable for assessment purposes
background notes and information for each strategy, to assist the teacher and to give the activities the widest possible application
answers where necessary
a high-interest series that doesn’t just talk about comprehension, it teaches it!