Chapter 8 - Teaching Comprehension in Fiction Texts

Chapter 8 - Teaching Comprehension in Fiction Texts

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  • April
  • Hmm.. Let's see if we can find another book that fits your interests.
  • You can do it!
  • April
  • Today we are going to work on asking meaningful questions in the text as we go through the plot together!
  • Fiction's Key Elements Setting Characters Conflict Events
  • So Jane, what are some character traits of the main character Goldilocks?
  • She's rude because she just walked into their house.
  • Engagement and comprehension are inseparable. It is important to help your students find books that are on their reading level through conferences. Reading confusing books does not make us better readers.
  • April
  • Today we will be focusing on dialogue. We will be using a mentor text to work through it together!
  • Dialogue
  • Look for quotations.
  • What character's are talking?
  • Dialogue...?
  • James, do you know what a narrator is? This could be why you're confused.
  • It is important for students to create meaningful questions based on prior knowledge. This helps their comprehension of the text.
  • I don't know...
  • Student conferences are a great way to determine where your students stand on their analysis of characters. Here you can determine where to begin teaching characters. In conferences, it is important to ask them to explain how characters and their traits affect the plot.
  • Dialogue plays an important role in the comprehension of fiction texts. It is helpful to have a focus lesson addressing this and then conferring with students. Students typically struggle with understanding who is talking, how paragraphs are set up, and the number of people involved in the conversation.
  • Point of view is confusing for developing readers. It is important to teach to pay attention to pronouns in the beginning, understand why the author choose to write in that point of view, and to look for formatting clues.
  • Teachers must anticipate and support students when facing challenges in new texts. Mini-lessons and conferences are great ways to figure out what students' need. It teaches them to be good readers and ultimately find books they can comprehend on their own.
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