5 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension

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What clicked? What clunked? Imagine asking students these questions about reading comprehension. Will students love it? Many will and some might not, but you’re certainly more likely to intrigue young readers with “click” and “clunk” than with other traditional reading comprehension questions.

Using click or clunk is part of 5 strategies for improving reading comprehension, from the book, Now We Get It!: Boosting Comprehension with Collaborative Strategic Reading. Far from the old-school guided reading practices that encourage students to highlight text and write character and setting descriptions, the reading comprehension strategies in this infographic demonstrate how to engage students by helping them activate prior knowledge and make predictions.

Much of the guided reading that dominates some classes is boring and can kill the joy of reading. Questions like, “What clicks?” help students think critically about both fiction and nonfiction texts. These 5 comprehension reading strategies can make you a more successful teacher and, more important, make your students better readers.


Are you using Click and Clunk or similar reading comprehension strategies in your classroom? What makes these strategies effective? Please share your thoughts in our comment section.


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