Lori Brown
Reading to Learn

(Learning Reading Comprehension)


Rationale:  One of the most important things about teaching children to read is to make sure that they comprehend.  Comprehension is not automatic to all children; many need to be guided into learning how to comprehend.  This lesson helps to guide students with comprehending.

Materials:  Pencil, paper, the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Suess. (One copy of the book for each student)

1. Today we are going to read the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"  I want you to read silently the book.  Remember that reading silently is reading to ourselves, not aloud.
2. Before you begin to read I want you to look at the questions on the board.
? What kind of places did they go?
? How did they get to those places?
3. A summary is a shortened version of the text that you read.  It contains only the most important information.  It contains only important details.  A summary will look something like this (put the summary you have written on the overhead and show the class and read your summary to the class to give them an idea of what they are going to write).
4. Now that you know what a summary is, I want you to write a summary about what you have read silently to yourself.

Reference:  Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Fundamentals of Language Instruction II Instructed by Dr. Bruce Murray.
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