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  • 1. Reading Comprehension: Becoming an Active Reader
  • 2. What is Reading Comprehension?
    • Reading comprehension comes more naturally when a reader actively engages with the text.
    • Reading comprehension improves when a reader becomes an active reader.
  • 3. What is an Active Reader?
    • An active reader:
      • Makes connections to self, text and world and/or connects the events/focus of the text to past experiences or prior knowledge
      • Asks/develops questions about what he/she is reading
      • Makes inferences and/or draws conclusions
      • Analyzes relationships
      • Looks for themes
      • Rereads parts that are confusing
      • Knows his/her purpose for reading
  • 4. Three Levels of Reading Comprehension
    • Goes from least to most sophisticated
    • Level 1: Literal
    • Level 2: Interpretive
    • Level 3: Applied
  • 5. Level 1: Literal
    • What is stated in the text
    • Facts such as who, what, when and where
    • Surface learning
    • Objective, multiple choice, or True/False questions are typically used to assess literal reading comprehension
  • 6. Level 2: Interpretive
    • What is implied, not actually stated, in the text
    • Making educated guesses
    • Drawing inferences
    • Tying prior knowledge to new knowledge
    • “ Reading between the lines”
  • 7. Level 3: Applied
    • Taking the literal and the interpretive a step further
    • Analyzing
    • Synthesizing
    • Applying
  • 8. Becoming an Active Reader & Improving Comprehension
    • Slow down
    • Reread and/or read aloud difficult sections
    • Put difficult sections/passages in your own words
    • Make margin notes or highlight/underline main ideas
    • Ask yourself if you need some background knowledge
  • 9. Becoming an Active Reader & Improving Comprehension
    • Know your purpose for reading
    • Identify the organization of the piece
    • Identify the reasoning/thinking taking place in the piece
    • Monitor the effectiveness of your own reading (recognize when your attention is fading, when you’ve missed a main idea etc.)
  • 10. References