Increasing Comprehension with BDA
Amy Keith – Secondary Literacy Coach
Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools
Food for Thought….
"Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century
will read and write more than at any other time in human
history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform
their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct
their personal lives." -- Richard Vaca, author of Content Area
Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum
They (students) actively seek the wide, deep, and
thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and
informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges
experience, and broadens worldviews
*Common Core Standards – English Language Arts
Activate relevant, prior knowledge…
Create visual and other sensory images from text…
Draw Inferences from text to form conclusions…
Ask questions of themselves, the authors, and the text they
Determine the most important ideas in a text…
Synthesize what they read…
Reading with Meaning - Debbie Miller (2002)
OUR GOAL FOR TODAY:
“We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also
equip our people to walk through those doors.”
-- Lyndon B. Johnson
10 Tools and Strategies to Increase
Comprehension and Keep
To view our VoiceThread click on the following link:
Create your slide(s) using any program: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint,
Save your file as a PDF.
Once on the VoiceThread website, you will need to click ‘Create’
Upload your PDF file(s)
Once uploaded, you can choose to share the presentation with others.
If you’re doing this in a classroom, where students have their own
accounts, you will need to do this.
Once others have access to your presentation, you are ready to
comment (voice, text, video, or phone).
Tool # 7 Poll Everywhere
With Poll Everywhere – A student can
text or use the web to respond to a
question. The circle map was a result of a
poll everywhere question : “Name a Healthy
Poll Everywhere Instructions
Create a free account at https://www.polleverywhere.com/signup
Log in with user name and password
On home page find "create your first poll"
Enter Poll question
Decide "how my audience will respond?" (Multiple choice or open ended)
New screen opens with directions for audience.
Sit and wait for the responses to come in.