Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a Reading Comprehension Conference presented by the knowledgable Sheena Cameron.
- Activating prior knowledge
- Self Monitoring
- Making Connections
- and Building vocabulary knowledge
If you would like to explore these strategies more or look at the research, I encourage you to have a look at her books or visit Sheena’s website. What I really like is that Sheena backs this up with lots of hands on activities that engage and teach students how to think about these strategies and use them successfully. We were given opportunities to practice these activities too. We used the Dot to Dot Connections sheet to think about Prior Knowledge of a subject. Students work in pairs or groups of three to make connections between key words using what they already know. Later after reading, they can go back to this and use a different colour to add any new knowledge and revisit to show development.