Guiding Comprehension: Teaching for Meaning

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Guiding Comprehension book:  Comprehension is a process in which readers construct meaning by interacting with text through the combination of prior knowledge and previous experience, the information in the text and the stance the reader takes in relationship to the text.

The teaching of reading needs to include a range of comprehension strategies. Comprehension strategies can be defined as the “mental processes” that good readers use to understand text. Comprehension strategies need to be explicitly taught.

The diagram below illustrates the 3 levels of comprehension, ranging from the lower order literal type to the higher-order evaluative type.

 




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