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Reading Comprehension Instruction - Third Grade




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Can the student compare and contrast topics, characters, settings, and problems in two texts? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) describe similarities and differences between topics in two texts that have been read and discussed in class, and
(b) describe similarities and differences between characters in two texts that have been read and discussed in class, and
(c) describe similarities and differences between characters in two texts that have been read and discussed in class, and
(d) describe similarities and differences between settings in two texts that have been read and discussed in class, and
(d) describe similarities and differences between problems in two texts that have been read and discussed in class
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Can the student identify cause-and-effect relationships in text? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) identify an event in a text and tell why it happened
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Can the student make an inference from an implied message within a text? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) use clues from a text to determine an underlying message within the text (e.g., characterís beliefs, motivations, and emotions; authorís views, influences, and biases)
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Can the student identify and discuss author’s purpose? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) state the authorís purpose (e.g., entertain, explain, inform, persuade), and
(b) use features from the text to discuss the authorís purpose
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Does the student self-monitor and use comprehension strategies (e.g., reread portions of text and ask clarifying questions) when the meaning of the text is unclear? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) read text at his/her instructional level
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(b) look for the student to reread portions of a text and ask clarifying questions when the meaning is unclear
Does the student use the elements of text structure to retell and summarize text? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) summarize and retell a selection using different elements of text structure (e.g., comparison/contrast, cause/effect, sequence, problem/solution, and point of view)
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For more information refer to the Comprehension section.

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