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Comprehension Resources

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Comprehension information and links - to be updated as we learn more

How is improvement measured?
This information is taken from the NAR 'Professional Learning Communities - position paper.pdf' download the whole doc from this link.

The Northern Adelaide Regional Improvement Plan states that there will be a 6% improvement in reading, writing, grammar and spelling scores, as measured by the NAPLaN, by 2012. This equates to a 2% improvement annually. At a site level, targets that are measurable over shorter time frames drive the work of the PLC’s.

Comprehension outcomes can be measured in a range of ways e.g.


The Reading Rockets site has a great comprehension section.

What comprehension strategies are effective?

Comprehension strategy instruction helps students become purposeful, active readers who are in control of their own reading comprehension.

The cumulative result of nearly 3 decades of research “provides substantial evidence that explicit comprehension instruction improves students’ understanding of text …and had positive effects on student’s general comprehension.” Harvey & Goudvis, Strategies that Work, p23.

According to Harvey & Goudvis effective comprehension instruction is most effective when teachers teach with the end in mind (determine the purpose and intended outcomes prior to instruction), view strategies as a means to an end (strategies are taught with the view that students build a flexible repertoire), provide opportunities for modelled, guided and independent practice (gradual release of responsibility) and use student evidence to assess past instruction, guide future instruction and evaluate student performance.

Useful Downloadable Resource Booklets

 These booklets may be useful to supplement classroom resources for the teaching of reading and comprehension. They are highly practical resources from a range of websites.

     K-3 Reading Resources

     On Target: Strategies that Differentiate Instruction K-4

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Fluency

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Phonics 2 (Letter/Sound)

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Phonics 4 (Encoding / Decoding)

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Phonics 5 (High Frequency Words)

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Phonics 6 (Variants)

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Phonics 7 (Syllabification)

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Phonics 4 (Vocabulary)

     Year K-1 Classroom Activities Comprehension

     Year 2-3 Classroom Activities Book 1

     Year 2-3 Classroom Activities Book 2

     Year 2-3 Classroom Activities Book 3

     Year 4-5 Classroom Activities Vocabulary

     Year 4-5 Classroom Activities Book 1

     Year 4-5 Classroom Activities Book 2

     Year 4-5 Classroom Activities Book 3

     Year 4-5 Classroom Activities Book 4

     On Target: Reading Strategies to Guide Learning

     On Target: Strategies to help Struggling Readers

     On Target: Strategies to help Readers Make Meaning through Inferences

     On Target: Strategies to Build Student Vocabularies

     On Target: More Strategies to Guide Learning

     On Target: Strategies that Differentiate Instruction 4-12

     Adolescent Literacy Strategies

     Reading Strategies across the Curriculum 7-12

     The Source: A Curriculum Guide for Reading Mentors

     Strategies for Struggling Readers




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