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K-12 Reading Comprehension

October 2, 2012 by  

K-12 Reading Comprehension, One of the keys to ensuring that children do well on standardized tests is to make sure they are well-prepared throughout each school year. It is simply unrealistic to expect children to cram for these tests a few days or weeks before they take them. Doing so puts entirely too much pressure on the children, and generally results in them not performing as well as they could have.

To make sure that children are learning at the rate that they should be, it is important that they adopt some good, solid general learning practices that they can use throughout the school year. For instance, teachers need to make sure that they ask plenty of relevant questions when teaching reading comprehension. When a book or short story is assigned, students need to be asked a variety of different types of questions that pertain to that story. Teachers need to go a bit further than simply asking questions, however. They need to also provide the students with answers, and then explain why each answer is the appropriate one for each question.

Students need to be taught how to read with a purpose. What this means is that, particularly when taking standardized tests, students should read ahead to see what questions are being asked. Once they have the questions in mind, they should then go back and read the short passage, specifically looking for keywords that will help them to answer the questions.

It is important that students are not taught to follow this practice only when preparing for standardized tests, as this type of purposeful reading can benefit them throughout their years in school.

Students should also be taught how to look for the structure that generally appears in written passages. If students understand the basic format that these types of stories are written in, they will be able to be more efficient at answering reading comprehension questions.

In the beginning of most stories, students will find answers about where and when the story takes place. The middle of the story is where students will find answers to problems that are posed. At the end of the story, students will find answers about how the problem was solved.

There are websites that are specifically designed to help students prepare for the reading comprehension portion of standardized tests. Keep in mind, however, that standardized tests are all state specific. When you search for the appropriate tutorials for your children, make sure you are looking for tools that are designed to prepare them for your state’s test. Any major search engine should provide you with a sufficient number of results so that your child can begin to gain confidence with reading comprehension activities.

In addition, you might also ask your children’s teachers for advice on how to prepare for standardized tests. They may be aware of some additional resources that your children can use.

For some additional information, you might want to check out this website, www.ct4me.net/reading.htm. The site offers advice and resources for helping to improve the reading comprehension abilities of K-12 students.

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