EXAMPLE OF A PRACTICAL READING COMPREHENSION CLASS: TEXT: WHO HELPS AT HOME?

Objective: Teaching the visualization strategy. It helps to visualize the text’s message. It helps to better understand what’s being read, and to remember what’s being studied. It’s really useful when used with students who have some kind of reading or writing disorder.

 

Methodology:

  1. Explanation of the strategy and what it’s good for
  2. Exemplification of the strategy by the adult. Practical demonstration on how to put it in practice.
  3. Guided practice with the students, directed by the adult.
  4. Independent practice by the students.

 

 Duration: one hour.

 

Session’s development:

  • “Today, we’ll explain a strategy that helps you understand and remember the messages and texts. Have you ever heard that a picture is worth a thousand words? What does it mean? Effectively, we remember images better than we remember words. So, if we want to understand and remember something, it’ll be easier if we use images, drawings and colors. What methods do comics use? Have you ever seen the comics in the newspapers or magazines, where they criticize something with only one image?” Then, I show them a Forges’ caricature, and then a letter sent to the newspaper criticizing the same thing. “Which one of the two do you see first? Which one do you remember?”
  • Previewing: “We’ll practice the technique with a text called ‘Who Helps at Home?’ This title makes me think that it’s about a family where some of the children help and some do nothing. Can anyone come up with anything else? We’ll write a hypothesis about the subject of the book, and then we’ll test it.” “This story reflects one of the biggest stress-causing problems… anxiety, depression and even separations. We’ll see what it is about.”
  • Reading the story. The teachers serve as models by reading the text. Then, the students form groups of two and take turns reading parts of the text. They can evaluate their partners on their precision, rhythm and expressivity.
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