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Reading Comprehension

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Amanda Peterson, MA (#111556)

Everything You Need to Know about Reading Comprehension describes information that the most recent reading research identifies as the basic mental and physical functions that support reading and comprehending what you read. Everything You Need to Know about Reading Comprehension also details some strategies that can be used to ensure improved reading comprehension for all students who struggle with upper level texts and material.

Everything You Need to Know about Reading Comprehension is also a tool for teachers and college education students who need to ensure proper teaching of reading comprehension in order to succeed in their academic pursuits

An Introduction to Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension has been called the, essence of reading (Durkin 1978-1979 cited in Pressley 2007 from Gambrell et al. 2007) as well as the, reason for reading (National Reading Panel from Put Reading First 2000). If a student is reading a text, whether it is for entertainment purposes, educational purposes or for the purpose of teaching others, comprehension is an element that cannot be overlooked.

The act of comprehending means to understand what you are reading. It is an interaction between words on a page and how our minds interpret and react to comprehending those symbols. This interpretation can depend on many different processes from the reader s eyes, knowledge, motivation, and much more that will be discussed in this e-book.

Comprehending reading material is particularly crucial when someone is asked to report back on what they have read, whether it is reporting back to an educator or to an employer. This process should be effortless to the reader, but at times we can find difficulty in comprehending due to the interactions being muddled or ineffective.

This e-book will describe the most recent research on reading comprehension and will detail some of the different techniques for improving your own or your students reading comprehension.

About the Author

Amanda Peterson, MA

Active since Sep 2012

Amanda Peterson, M.A. received her BA in English Education at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Her classes included an emphasis on post-NCLB educational strategies, teaching grammar to both native English speakers and ELL students, literature from American, British, and other global authors, as well as classes in Speech Communication and Interpersonal Communications. She volunteered in many classrooms with at-risk students and students who were in credit recovery programs. She has taught in many inner city and rural Colorado school districts ranging from 6th grade to drop out recovery students (students in their early 20's). She has been given extensive training on Response to Intervention services as well as Positive Behavior Support and differentiation within an alternative classroom setting. While pursuing her Master's degree in Reading at University of Northern Colorado she wrote data-based individual learning plans for students with Ombudsman Learning Centers through Educational Services of America. Her M.A. research focused on comprehension, phonics, word knowledge, technology in the classroom, the importance of research in the classroom, as well as connecting reading and writing across the curriculum for classes K-12. Her training in becoming a Literacy Coach has helped her mentor many teachers in balancing academics, research, and data with the proper motivation and encouragement that every student needs in order to succeed in the educational environment.

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