Comprehension instruction in content area classes

Neufeld, Paul
December 2005
Reading Teacher;Dec2005/Jan2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p302
Academic Journal
This section discusses comprehension instruction in content area classrooms. Comprehension can be defined broadly as the process of constructing a supportable understanding of a text. There are two important features of the comprehension process: First, seeking to comprehend a text is an active, intentional thinking process through which the reader constructs meaning. Second, while students' understandings of texts are expected to vary as a result of differences in their background knowledge and experiences, not all interpretations of a given text can be considered valid. Comprehension strategy instruction is most effective if it is delivered within a context where students use the strategies to read and learn from the actual texts they are expected to read.


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