Comprehension Instruction

Reading comprehension refers to the act of understanding and constructing meaning from written words. Teachers have long used questions to guide and monitor comprehension.  Inquiry-based instruction takes this strategy one step further by encouraging students to ask their own questions.  Students can be guided in asking questions that will foster higher level thinking skills.  When employing the strategy of self-questioning, students become aware of whether they can answer their questions and if they understand what they are reading. Questions are effective in improving reading comprehension because they focus the readerís attention and provide a purpose for reading.  The process of inquiry promotes active thinking as students read.  It helps them to make connections between what they are reading and what they already know.

Author's Purpose
Author's Use of Persuasion
Beginning the Research Process
Cause and Effect
Character Traits
Chronological Order
Compare and Contrast
Conflict Resolution
Graphic Organizers
Graphic Organizers
Inferences About Character Actions
Inferences About Character Motives
Inferences About Plot Development
Inferences about Story Characters
Inferences: Story Setting
Informational & Persuasive Statements
Main Idea
Noting Details
Plot Development
Problem Solution
Similarities and Differences in Characters
Similarities and Differences in Events
Similarities and Differences in Settings
Skills Review
Space Tips Preview Page
Supporting Details
Using Photos
Word Meaning from Context

Manetee: Reading Comprehension Practice Sheets

Library of Graphic Organizers