All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Comprehension Strategy Instruction

The explicit teaching of techniques that are particularly effective for comprehending text. The steps of explicit instruction include direct explanation, teacher modeling ("think aloud"), guided practice, and application.

  • Direct Explanation - the teacher explains to students why the strategy helps comprehension and when to apply the strategy.
  • Modeling - the teacher models, or demonstrates, how to apply the strategy, usually by "thinking aloud" while reading the text that the students are using.
  • Guided Practice - the teacher guides and assists students as they learn how and when to apply the strategy.
  • Application - the teacher helps students practice the strategy until they can apply it independently.