The Reading Comprehension Process

Learning How We Comprehend

What goes into the reading comprehension process?

There are many components to the reading comprehension process. Some of these components include strategies such as activating prior knowledge, helping students make connections, making inferences, generating questions, constructing meaning, self-monitoring, visualizing, summarizing, and evaluating during reading. One theme that most researchers all share is important is the activation of prior knowledge.

Reading Comprehension

The act of comprehending while reading is the process of extracting and constructing meaning. People typically store textual information while reading and then begin to construct meaning from what they have read.

Activating Prior Knowledge:

Researchers believe that readers make connections to text based on what they already know about a topic. Making these type of connections based on prior knowledge, students are able to better build understanding while reading.
Reading: Activating Prior knowledge

Class Discussions While Reading

Class discussions during reading helps students summarize, infer, visualize, predict and monitor comprehension. Asking questions and talking out loud to the class, like in think alouds, while reading assists in building a deeper understanding in students.
Teacher Read-Aloud That Models Reading for Deep Understanding