Supporting Student Comprehension

What Works!

Text Complexity

Setting the Purpose

Dr. Perry - Director, Harvard Reading Study Center
Dr. Perry suggested that students ask themselves what it is they want to get out of a reading assignment, then look around for those points. Instructors can help them see the major forms in which expository material is cast. Students should also "talk to themselves" while reading, asking "is this the point I'm looking for?"

Key Reading Strategies

Activating Prior Knowledge


Making Connections



Graphic Organizers

Note Taking

Student Engagement