Reading Comprehension Strategy Bundles for Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School
Teach 4 PRO TIPS to help students ask the BEST questions when reading to improve comprehension.
High-interest video / slideshow lesson – perfect for your next English Language Arts class.
Students learn how to ask better questions, so they stay engaged while they read.
Active reading strategies can show students how to gain a deeper understanding of the text they’re reading.
How to Ask (Better) Questions – 4 PRO TIPS
1. Don’t ask a question you already know the answer to.
2. Try to answer your own question. Use evidence from the text.
3. Ask lots of questions. Include higher-order thinking questions (why or how / would or might)
4. Stop after every heading or paragraph and ask a question.
Teach students CRITICAL THINKING strategies to help students EVALUATE ideas when reading.
Evaluating is more than just forming an opinion. It’s about making an informed opinion or decision.
Use this lesson to give students a process to help them think critically about the information they read.
4 PRO TIPS to use the Evaluating Reading Strategy:
1. Restate part of a sentence from the text as a question that includes… a modal verb (Should… Could … Would… …might…) or a value word (better/worst, more/less, etc…)
2. Clarify the criteria for evaluating. Define the underlying concept word. Make a checklist. Narrow down the list. Identify deal breakers.
3. Play with the words to find other ideas. Ask a similar question, opposite question, or simpler question.
4. Start with the other side. Try to be open-minded. How might the other side be correct?
Finding the Main Idea is more than just figuring out what general point the author is trying to make.
It’s about recognizing that we can come up with several main ideas, but the “best” main idea has strong support from the entire article.
How to EVALUATE and FIND THE BEST MAIN IDEA (4 PRO TIPS):
1. Focus on the BIG PICTURE (the entire article). Summarize the entire article in a word or phrase. What general point is the author trying to make?
2. Look for clues in key spots. (How is the text organized?)
3. Think about each paragraph. What is this paragraph about? (Where is the main idea in the paragraph? Beginning? Middle? End?) What role does this paragraph play?
4. Find the “best” main idea. The main idea is NOT always directly stated. The best idea has strong support from the beginning, middle, and end of the entire article.
Teach students HOW to monitor understanding and clarify thinking when reading.
There’s more to figuring out what’s going on in a text than just simply re-reading.
4 PRO TIPS: How to Monitor and Repair Comprehension
1. Read a paragraph and SAY SOMETHING: Ask a question, Make a connection, Make an inference, Form an opinion
2. Does your SAY SOMETHING make sense with stuff you know about the world? If not, re-read the paragraph. Use PEEP to clarify your thinking.
3. Does your SAY SOMETHING make sense with stuff you already read in this text? If not, re-read the paragraph. Re-read the other stuff you already read.Use PEEP to figure out why it doesn’t make sense.
4. Use PEEP: Point, Evidence, Explanation, Point
Inferring is more than simply reading between the lines.
Use this lesson to help students develop stronger inferences by showing them HOW to come up with an inference, and HOW to check their inference to make it stronger.
How to Infer – 4 PRO TIPS
1. Figure out what the text is really saying even though it doesn’t say it like this. (Evidence from the Text + Your Thinking = an Inference)
2. Your inference cannot be directly in the text. It has to be something new that you figured out based on the text.
3. Use Somebody Wanted But So to think about the text and make inferences.
4. Use It says, I say, And so to explain your inference.
Making Connections is more than simply finding something that the text reminds you of.
Use this lesson to help your students develop deeper connections instead of thin connections like “this book has a dog and I have a dog…”
How to Make (Deeper) Connections – 4 PRO TIPS:
1. Connect with things you’ve read (text to text), things you’ve experienced (text to self), or things people know (text to world)
2. Avoid simple connections. Find things that are same-same but different.
3. Use one of these thought patterns: “This is like that, but… so…” or “A is like B, and B is _ so A is probably _”
4. Stop after every heading or paragraph and make a connection
Reading Comprehension Articles focusing on the 6Cs of Education
High-interest reading article about COMMUNICATION. Reading comprehension article handout (differentiated Gr 4, 6, 8) about Rosa Parks focusing on her conversation with the bus driver as an example of assertive communication. Includes sample answers. Quiet Courage in Communication Rosa Parks was arrested because she didn’t give up her seat to a person who was White […]
High-interest reading article about CHARACTER. An airplane wheel falls off the landing gear during take-off and the pilots are able to successfully land the plane with no injuries! The implied takeaway message to infer is that although it’s scary being up in the air with a missing landing wheel, the pilots were able to stay […]
High-interest reading article about CREATIVITY. This article is about creativity and innovation. During a heatwave in Australia, a man cooks a pork roast in his car as an “experiment for fun.” The creativity mini-lesson and discussion questions focus on trying something new and then observing what happens. This article goes well with the ASKING QUESTIONS […]
High-interest reading article about CITIZENSHIP. A local business owner who once had his heating cut off because he struggled to pay the bills gives back to the community by paying the utility bill for 36 families in need. The citizenship mini-lesson and discussion questions focus on the difference between being a citizen and being an […]
High-interest reading response / written paragraph critical thinking activity. A middle school student sprays Axe Body Spray on a school bus which forces the evacuation of the bus. Firefighters and EMS are called to the scene. The critical thinking mini-lesson and discussion questions focus on the idea of being FULL-minded. Sometimes, we make a quick […]
Reading Comprehension Articles focusing on Social Emotional Learning using SEOT.
This ballerina and beauty pageant contestant gave a speech about Why Women Should NOT Be Engineers.
And that makes her an epic ambassador for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Will your students disagree?
This innovative app used by 500 million people helps close the gap between rich and poor.
Can your students guess which app this is?
This reading comprehension article goes well with the Inferring reading strategy.
Do any of your students want to be pro athletes or celebrities one day?
Who can afford to sit courtside at a game? NBA players, rappers, drug dealers, and these two guys…
This reading comprehension article goes great with the Making Connections reading strategy.
This differentiated non-fiction reading comprehension article is for Grades 4, 6, 8, and 10. This number one US fighter pilot is terrified of flying but wanted to fly an F-16!
Have your students read this article to find out what happens next!
Psst. Tell your students that’s the same plane you see in Top Gun: Maverick…
I really like this reading comprehension article. It goes well with the Making Connections reading strategy.