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

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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