Category: Reading Comprehension


But What If No One Talks? | Part 1 of 2

The great thing about a light bulb that isn’t working is that there’s just about only one possible thing that could have gone wrong: The light has burned out. Barring an unusual wiring problem, power outage, or blown breaker, you always know how to fix it right away.

Classroom discussions are…not at all like a light bulb. There may be 20 to 30 people in the room, all at various reading levels, all with different interests and motivation, and each of […]

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Camping in the First Round of Comprehension

“Hold on a second, though – what do you think he means by that?”

Twenty pairs of eyes in the room began to shift. A few students squint back down at their books; others squint at some point on the wall just to the side of my head.

“I just don’t think we’ve quite gotten there yet – I think there’s something more going on here. Maybe look back at the closing section.”

A student or two absently leaf through the reader, looking […]

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