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  • Reading and Language Skills
NEW! Planning for your next Fiction Story in the Elementary Grades

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Danielle Ngo, MA Ed
Grades: K – 4
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


Building reading comprehension of fiction in the elementary grades sets a solid foundation for proficient reading. Successful reading lessons incorporate multiple practices for building oral language, background knowledge, vocabulary, and understanding of story structure through an explicit gradual release model.

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