Practical Strategies that Improve Students’ Reading Comprehension, Grades 3-6

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

This video-based, On Demand Online course is a rich resource of comprehension strategies for teachers and students in grades 3-6. The strategies demonstrated and described in the course help intermediate students develop six key comprehension processes: previewing, making connections, self-monitoring, inferring, visualizing, and summarizing. By honing these thinking processes, students move beyond literal understandings of text and deepen their overall reading comprehension.

Intermediate-grade students need tools to help them construct meaning from increasingly complex material. This course is filled with effective, easy-to-implement instructional and practice strategies that help all students think more deeply about text. Featuring video clips filmed in intermediate-grade classrooms, this course will not only broaden teachers’ repertoire of engaging and effective comprehension strategies, students will also benefit from the wealth of strategies they can employ on their own to increase their understanding of text. 

You will learn how to:

  • Help students preview text in ways that promote increased reading comprehension
  • Use strategic questioning to strengthen and extend students’ ability to make inferences
  • Engage students in making connections and visualizing text to enrich their understanding of characters, settings and events
  • Make good use of a variety of structures and formats to help students summarize key information from their reading
  • Equip students with an array of strategies for self-monitoring their own comprehension

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How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDLU 9659


"This course was very helpful in providing usable strategies in the classroom. I am primarily a Middle School educator  yet as I hoped it would this course has given me strategies that will be helpful to my learners that struggle with reading comprehension. I especially admire the shorthand ways the course encouraged students to write down their ideas."

              - N. Corwin

"I loved all of the examples  resources  and explanations of the different reading strategies that were presented in this course. I can take this information and implement it into my classroom right away."

              - K. Hansen

"I enjoyed this very much and have gleaned good ideas to implement quickly.  I am appreciative of the packet of ideas to download and use.  What a time saver!!"

              - D. Clark

"This provided me with a lot more strategies to use with various level readers. Thank you!"

              - A. Lagerquist

"Great class. Showed the importance of modeling and teaching strategies before independent work. Good modeling of the strategies in each video clip."

              - M. Schuller


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