The 5 W's of Reading
Reading comprehension is an important skill for students to master so
that they can understand what they are reading. This lesson will
help students to realize the importance of reading comprehension.
Students will learn how to apply comprehension strategies so that they
can understand and retain the information that they are reading.
The comprehension strategies that I will teach the students will be the
five W's: Who, What, When, Where, Why.
º Class set of Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
1. "Today we are going to learn about Reading
Comprehension. When we read books it is important to understand
and remember what we have read, so that we can apply our
knowledge. You can do this by asking yourself five simple
questions while you read. The questions are Who, What, When,
Where, and Why.
2. Review silent reading. "You can ask yourself these five
questions while you read silently to yourself, so that you can
understand and remember what you are reading. Silent reading is a
great way to read at your own pace and make sure that you comprehend
what you are reading."
3. Read the story, Sarah, Plain and Tall, aloud with
students. While reading the story stop to discuss the five W's
with the class; explain that by asking yourself these questions
throughout the story you are remembering more. During discussion
ask the students questions such as: Who are the main characters of this
story? What is happening in the story that is important to
remember? During what time period does this story take place?
Where does this story geographically take place? Why did specific
events have importance during this story?
4. Pass out the class set of Sarah, Plain and Tall.
Instruct the students to read silently to them and answer the five W's
on a sheet of paper while they are reading.
Collect the student's paper to see if they comprehend what they are