Reading Comprehension Woes? Teach Prediction Skills and Purpose Setting

The Eclectic Reading Teacher

Many times I’ve had teachers say “Oh Jordan reads perfectly, but he doesn’t understand a darn thing he has read! I’m so frustrated. What should I do?” What they mean is that Jordan’s fluency and decoding skills are fine, but YET he still doesn’t comprehend what he has read. This is not an uncommon problem with dyslexic and non dyslexic readers. They simply are not processing what they are reading.

The main reason why many students are lost in the web of words is that they are not reading for a PURPOSE. As a matter of fact, they don’t understand why they are sitting there, why they are learning about rocks, and why it isn’t time for lunch. Teaching students to learn concepts and read material without a strong purpose behind it lacks authenticity, and so students respond by zoning out. Dyslexic students really zone out and pray for the torture to end.

When teaching dyslexic students and struggling…

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