The understanding and interpretation of what is read.
Reading comprehension involves the construction of meaning from text using decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and prior knowledge.
It is the goal of reading. It is the active and purposeful pursuit of understanding the author’s message.
Birsh & Carreker 2018
Continuum of Skills:
Simple to Complex
Active and purposeful understanding of spoken language.
Understanding the literal and sequential meaning from text.
Applying increasingly complex reading strategies (e.g., predicting, inferencing, analysing, summarising, etc.) in a variety of texts.
Accessing, using, and applying information read in different contexts and disciplines. Greater emphasis on investigations and decision making, often in relation to work or areas of study.
Assessment is the process of asking questions about students’ reading skills and gathering information to answer those questions.
Evidence-aligned resources to support classroom practice.
Newsela is a free, subscription based service with access to a variety of reading passages at different levels
Adrienne Gear’s Reading Power books are available in the District Learning Commons and in many schools.
ReadWorks is a free subscription based resource where you can select and assign reading passages to students and provide real-time feedback.