instruction that includes scaffolding and comprehension strategies that

Instruction that includes scaffolding and

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instruction that includes scaffolding and comprehension strategies that reinforce metacognition strategies to help students become confident readers (Laureate Education, 2014). Targeted comprehension instruction helps students become better readers. Explicit comprehension instruction is needed to foster students’ development as critical thinkers; however, it is essential to move beyond teaching comprehension strategies in isolation and instead model strategy use asa flexible way of problem solving while reading (Hollenbeck & Saternus, 2013).ReadWriteThink provided me a great lesson for developing comprehension and encouraging students to “dig deep”. The lesson is centered upon the narrative text s Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. The story is about a young girl with a learning disability and her teacher who supports her along her way. High-quality narrative texts tell about how people interact with one another, the consequences of actions, and a host of other aspects of human experience (Hiebert & Pearson, 2013). The lesson requires students to demonstrate comprehension by discussing their reactions to the story and by making personal connections to the characters and events in the story. The lesson also requires students to analyze characters and how their feelings/emotions change throughout the course of the story. The lessons begin with the teacher modeling the comprehension strategy of making personal connections by sharing a

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