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  • Reading and Language Skills
NEW! Planning for your next Chapter Book or Short Story in the Middle Grades

Date: April 24, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Alex Frelinghuysen, MA Ed
5 – 8
Audience Code:
A/E/ SoR
Price: $120

Why this workshop:

All students benefit from explicit comprehension instruction in order to become proficient readers of grade-specific fiction texts, including chapter books, short stories, narrative essays, and read alouds. With intentional teacher planning, the complex process of reading comprehension can be demystified for students. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Execute a systematic process for planning and delivering lessons
  • Analyze text elements and learn how to use story grammar frames effectively
  • Plan questions and annotations for comprehension monitoring
  • Identify and plan vocabulary instruction through fast mapping and deep teaching techniques
  • Craft introductions and motivations to build background knowledge and engage students with the text
  • Incorporate strategies for eliciting and writing chapter reviews and summaries
  • Learn methods for scaffolding complex grammar

The demands of reading comprehension increase as students age and texts become more complex. Skilled reading is fundamental for students to learn and interact with grade-level content. Reading comprehension involves a multi-faceted process that includes integrating background knowledge and vocabulary, interpreting linguistic elements, understanding story structure, monitoring comprehension, making inferences, and summarizing information.


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