Reading Comprehension



Powerpoint DocumentBackground Knowledge: Key to Comprehension

Dr. Anita Archer presents research on why background knowledge is so critical to the comprehension of increasingly complex texts and offers specific strategies for building this necessary knowledge with students of all ages. Examples of graphic organizers to support this process are included in a separate posting on this site.

Word DocumentBackground Knowledge Graphic Organizer Samples

As an additional resource to support her presentation, Background Knowledge: Key to Comprehension (listed above), Dr. Anita Archer presents several examples of graphic organizers that are useful in building students' backgound knowledge to aid in their comprehension of informational text. 

Close and Critical Reading  

Critical Reading

Information on how to get students reading critically. Students will respond to the 4 basic questions: What does it say? How does it say it? What does it mean? What's the connection to me?

Word DocumentComprehension Strategy Rubric

A rubric to assess the comprehension strategies.

Kurland's Critical Reading

Shows you how to recognize what a text says, what a text does, and what a text means by analyzing choices of content, language, and structure. It shows you what to look for, and how to think about what you find.

Nonfiction Resources


Newsela automatically gives each student the version of an article that's just right for his or her reading ability. It adjusts the lexile range of current news articles.  

Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Wayne RESA Science Literacy Site

Writing Across the Curriculum (science)  

Games and Misc. 

PDF DocumentStack the Deck

This card game helps students use the 7 comprehension strategies to increase their comprehension.