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Robot reading vs Real Reading
Old 07-12-2011, 12:58 PM
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There is a great lesson in Tanny McGregor's book,"Comprehension Connections". She teaches about metacognition by making a reading salad. You only need a bowl and red and green pieces of paper. While you are reading something with the class - you put in a red piece of paper (to represent tomatoes and text) in the bowl; but everytime you stop and think about your reading you put in a green piece of paper (to represent lettuce). Soon the kids see that there is a lot of thinking while reading. You could have students physically make the salad while they are reading.

The book is great because it takes several comprehension strategies from the concrete to the abstract.

Also I would do lots of prompting for meaning. It takes time but eventually they start to make connections. In addition, they need to learn to pay attention to punctuation. That also helps with meaning.

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