Do you remember that ‘reading’ means understanding the author’s message,
not just uttering the words If you cannot answer the comprehension questions after reading the page,
You didn’t really read anything.
There is a specific reading and Comprehension skills that will help you understand what you read.
While my last article focused on the main idea and predicted results,
conclusions and fact or opinion; This article will cover context clues, cause and effect, plot conclusions,
and sequences. When reading with your children, be sure to ask questions that reinforce these comprehension skills,
especially during summer vacation or long absences from school. Context clues – As you’re reading,
suppose you come across a word you haven’t seen or heard before.
If you understand other words and sentences, and the paragraphs before and after the new word,
you will be able to learn the meaning of this new word. Example: Two friends met and had lunch.
They talked about watching a movie, going shopping, or going to the beach.
Can you say “game” to mean thoughtless and absurd talk?
The two friends did not discuss anything of great importance.
Think of actions as causes and their effects as their consequences. Example:
A team of fans wants to wear white during the NBA Finals games.
Why do the fans wear white hot shirts They are wearing white shirts because the Miami Heat asked for it.
When you ask a question about the cause (the effect),
you want to know the cause (the cause).
Key phrases indicating cause should follow ‘as a consequence’ and ‘for’. Drawing conclusions
– sometimes you are asked a question about information that was not provided. However,
there will be enough evidence to clarify the meaning. Example:
Marvin was prolific because his parents let him stay
up after his bedtime so he could see fireworks in a nearby park.
Fortunately, there will be a great view from his yard!
The fireworks were scheduled to begin at 11:30 p.m.,
but by 10:30, Marvin was feeling very tired. When he woke up the next morning,
Marvin asked his mother why the fireworks had been canceled. Although the information is not directly provided,
you can conclude that Marvin was so tired that he fell asleep and missed the fireworks. Sequence –
As the old saying goes, “Put one step in front of the other.
” When you put trends or events in sequential order, you start from the beginning and go step by step,
in logical or chronological order, to arrive at a conclusion.
Young children who learn this skill start their sentences first, then next, and then finally;
Older children do not necessarily need these keywords. Example: I rubbed some oil on it.
Went in the oven! Then sprinkle it with some spices. As written above, this story is meaningless.
Who put oil on what does the chicken really get seasoned after putting it in the oven
(roasting doesn’t count!) The correct version will read: I rubbed some oil on it.
Then I sprinkled some spices on it.
Went in the oven! Some of these skills are context clues,
cause and effect, drawing conclusions, and sequencing.
I hope these examples were helpful and inspired your creative thinking.
And remember… reading is fun.