Classroom Instruction

Teachers Develop Students’ Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies

Exhibit 9.2 presents teachers’ reports about the reading skills and strategies that they include in their reading instruction on at least a weekly basis. Most of the students (94-96%) have lessons at least weekly on how to locate information within texts, identify main ideas, and explain or support their understanding of what they read. Somewhat smaller percentages (75-83%) have at least weekly lessons that cover: 1) comparing what they have read to their own experiences, 2) making comparisons across texts, 3) making predictions about the texts, or 4) making generalizations or inferences. About two-thirds (66-69%) have at least weekly lessons on describing text style or structure, or on determining the author’s perspective.

Comprehension Skills and Strategies