What Does Your Comprehension Instruction Look Like? Help Please!

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  1. bballjoe12

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    Does anybody have any tips for a LD student in 3rd grade who struggles heavily with remembering what she is reading? She struggles with even basic WH questions. I'll ask her a question and she'll just start reading a portion of the book. She is currently reading about a middle of 1st grade.

    What's a typical lesson look like when you have a student who struggles heavily with comprehension? Do you use graphic organizers?
     
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  3. LisaLisa

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    Use visuals. I Googled WH question visuals and found this:

    http://livespeaklove.com/2012/10/25/free-wh-question-visual/

    I use something similar. Focus on one question at a time. They can be confusing and similar to a child who is struggling with comprehension.

    Who is your teacher? Who makes your breakfast for you? Who drives the school bus, etc. Start out with real life then move to the book.

    You can use visuals for the story or book. I use pictures from the story related to the WH questions and students will point to or respond verbally based on the images. Google the story or look for similar clip art related to the story.

    Think about how in younger grades they use felt boards and little characters for story telling.
     
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    Thanks for the idea! I like it! The funny thing is that she is a great writer. Great spelling and able to put her thoughts down. How could i use that to her advantage?

    Would filling out a basic story map while she reads be useful along with pictures?
     
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    If she's a great writer, a story map could help, or try having her use sticky notes in different colors to note who and what and when and to begin to draw inferences.
     
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    I like the sticky note idea.

    What's a typical comprehension lesson look like in your guys' rooms?
     
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    Think alouds
    Turn and talk
    Multiple reads of mentor texts
    Stop and sketch
    Post its with key questions on them
     
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    This completely describes my own child. I will use those ideas with her.
     
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    What will push her to the next level of reading? What independent skills does she need to increase her comprehension? Sorry about the silly questions! My comprehension instruction needs work! :(

    Basically, if she has to read a book independently then is asked questions, she struggles to recall information.
     

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