Monitoring Comprehension

STW Group Assignment #2

By: Brinkley Fox, Karen Gurley, Alexa Jacobs, Amy Lambe, Rachel Patty, and Ashley Stanton
"When readers read and construct meaning, they carry on an inner conversation with the text" (p. 78). This inner conversation helps readers to monitor comprehension and keeps them engaged.
"...it is natural for our minds to wander when we read" (p. 79). We should share with our students similar situations where our mind has wandered while reading. One example would be to bring a text from our personal experience that we know we have struggled to understand so we can model for our students what strategies we can use to help us read.

Some Strategies for Monitoring Comprehension

  • Coded sticky notes
Using coded notes such as "Huh?" or drawing a light bulb to note where
they experience confusion or where they resolve an issue can help students pay
attention to what they are reading and thinking.
  • Read, Write, & Talk
This strategy plays on the social aspect of reading to give students a chance to think,
record their thoughts, and talk about their reading. Students jot down notes in the
margins, share them after reading, and finish with writing something they learned,
how talking helped with understanding, and noting
any questions they still have.
  • Anchor chart--What the Story Makes Me Think About
This is a reminder for students focus on their thinking--not just on details, plot, etc.
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Resources:

Harvey, S & Goudvis, A. (2007). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension for understanding and engagement. (2nd ed.). Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

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