Previewing Improves Reading Comprehension
Sometimes children have difficulty reading nonfiction class assignments. They can read all the words, but the meaning of the text is lost on them.
Previewing a reading assignment helps improve students' reading comprehension. Teach your child to:
- Create a diagram. Have your child write the chapter or passage title in the center of a piece of paper and draw lines coming out from it. Then together, look through the text before reading it. Help your child locate major section headings, and write each one on a different branch. Then your student can add more lines branching off from the headings and write down the subheadings. Making a reading web like this can help your child see how the details support the main idea of the chapter.
- Make a study sheet. Divide a piece of paper into two columns. While previewing the passage, your child can write down the major headings in the left column and indent the subheadings underneath. Color-coding also works—major headings in one color, subheadings in another. Then, while reading the assignment, your child can write facts and details that support the headings in the right hand column.
With enough practice, these pre-reading skills will become a good habit that will pay off throughout your child's school career.
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