Developing Reading Comprehension and Metacognitive Strategy Use
  • Education World: The Reading Room: A range of helpful readings about effective instructional practices for teaching reading.
  • Into the Book: Behind the Lesson Video Series. In these nine professional development videos, teachers demonstrate how they are using specific strategies effectively to improve reading comprehension with their students. Programs combine actual classroom footage modeling good practice with dialogue and personal reflection on instructional practices.
    • Into the Book Reading Resource: K-4 Students can interact with this program online to actively engage in their application of reading comprehension strategies
  •, *, created by reading consultant Karen Haag, features a summary of each major reading comprehension strategy, activities to use with elementary age students, formats for structuring student discussion and thinking (e.g., partner reading, book clubs, guided reading, strategy circles, etc), and ideas for assessment. The website includes great photos of student work to help illustrate many of the activities and a very practical newsletter called "Literacy Leads" that is written once a month to focus on a particular strategy.
  • Eduscapes Inferential Thinking Across the Curriculum: ideas to foster inferencing in reading, science, and social studies
  • Reading Comprehension Strategies - The Reading Lady
  • Concept Oriented Reading Instruction: View a video to learn more about this highly effective approach to teach reading comprehension skills within non-fiction texts.
  • Balancing Authenticity and Strategy Awareness In Comprehension Instruction: Article by David Pearson and Linda Fielding [Fielding, L.G., & Pearson, P.D. (1994). Synthesis of Research: Reading Comprehension: What Works. Educational Leadership; 51(5), 62-67.]
  • A great collection of higher level questions in a bookmark format that you can print out, laminate, and use to facilitate thinking and dialogue about the main characters, plot, setting, illustrations & layouts, theme, and reading attitudes as well as thinking about diverse topics including biographies, fairy tales, fables, folklore, science fiction, self-help, mysteries, humor, poetry, non-fiction, history, and exploration.
  • A Compilation of Online Literature Resources for Upper Elementary Students
  • Into the Book: Reading Comprehension Strategy Instruction for Students and Teachers are provided in this interactive online resource that focuses on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Your class can watch our engaging 15-minute videos, and try the online interactive activities.
  • Reading for Understanding Videos: More than 50 videos designed to focus on helping readers apply strategies and skills to comprehend, respond to, interpret, or evaluate a variety of texts of increasing length, difficulty, levels of difficulty, and complexity.
  • The Importance of Using Multiple Methods of Reading Instruction provides a short overview of guided reading, choral reading, and reader's theatre and the value of each for developing readers

Explicit Comprehension Strategy Instruction

Action Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Zoom Playhouse - complete scripts to act out to motivate readers while practicing their fluency