Best Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Making Connections, Summarizing, and Questioning, Grades K-2

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

In this course national trainer Mary Beth Allen and other experienced primary-grade educators use research-based, classroom-proven strategies and activities to strengthen young students' reading comprehension. Teachers explain, model, and actively engage diverse groups of students with questions and prompts during read-aloud, shared reading, and guided reading lessons.

Making connections, summarizing, and generating questions are three foundational skills that effectively boost primary-age students' overall reading comprehension. In this course you'll see teachers using a wide variety of effective strategies to teach those key skills and move children towards using them independently.

You will learn how to:

  • effectively use daily read-aloud to model and teach components of reading comprehension
  • maximize primary students' connections with text to deepen their understanding of key story elements
  • broaden students’ text connections beyond their own life experiences
  • teach students a variety of highly practical strategies and structures for summarizing text
  • help students apply meaning-making comprehension strategies in both fiction and nonfiction text
  • engage students in developing questions before, during, and after reading to increase their comprehension of the text, their interest in the content, and their motivation for further reading
  • actively involve all your students – not just the most verbal – in thinking more deeply about text
  • make optimal use of guided reading lessons to boost children’s comprehension
  • scaffold young students’ interactions with text to promote effective use of a variety of comprehension strategies

Watch an excerpt from this course:

How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

Optional Brandman University Graduate Level Professional Development Credit course code: EDLU 9113


"Thank you! Great course and an awesome resource to refer back to throughout the year. Many helpful strategies to engage readers and deepen their understanding."
              – M. Robbins

"This is my first BER on-line course, so I was not sure how relevant the material would be. I was pleased with the practical suggestions that I can put to use right away. I would recommend the course to my co-workers."
              – L. Marshall

"I loved seeing teachers in action! I'll definitely be taking another course very soon! Thank you for going with this format!"
              – R. Wettstein

"Watching the lessons in action is always helpful. I enjoyed learning more about the questioning strategies and keeping students engaged."
              – C. O'Connor

"I was very hesitant to do an online course but after completing this one, I am sold! I especially liked the on demand aspect as well as backtracking the video so I can review over and over again. I also benefitted from watching actual teachers teach the students."
              – M. Afzal

"I thought that the course was extremely well orgranized and helpful. The videos were interesting and engaging."
              – H. Grimbol


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