By Susan Zimmermann

It is easy: If little ones do not comprehend what they learn, they're going to by no means include analyzing. And that limits what they could examine whereas in class. This truth frightens mom and dad, concerns lecturers, and eventually hurts children.

7 Keys to Comprehension is the results of state of the art learn. It provides mom and dad and teachers—those who are not already utilizing this necessary program—practical, considerate suggestion concerning the seven easy pondering techniques that trained readers use:

• Connecting studying to their heritage knowledge
• developing sensory images
• Asking questions
• Drawing inferences
• settling on what is important
• Synthesizing ideas
• fixing problems

Easily understood, simply utilized, and confirmed profitable, this crucial academic device is helping mom and dad and lecturers to show studying right into a enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

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In it, Chryse is working with a class of fourth graders and demonstrating how mental images enhance understanding. I called the class up to the meeting area. ” As I waited for the fourth-grade wiggles to subside, we talked about what we'd learned about sensory images. The biggest discovery so far had to do with where sensory images come from. The class wholeheartedly agreed that their prior knowledge launched many of the mind movies they create as they read. Crafting Session Tips • One image leads to another, helping you develop a deeper appreciation of what you read.

You are interacting with the words. In the entry above, Hammarskjöld's observation raised more questions than it answered. For this short piece, Susan began the questioning process with simple, straightforward questions about who the characters were. She then moved to questions about the setting and the other people in the scene. Then she became more interested in the circumstances of the man and the child. She could only guess what happened to them. There is no answer in the entry. Nonetheless, her questions gave her a clearer picture of the scene and raised her emotional attachment to the characters.

Now I wanted to push them further and have them write about their connections. I did back-to-back crafting sessions on double-entry diaries. The students jotted down words or sentences from the book on one side of the page and wrote their responses to those words on the other side. Crafting Session Tips • Bring your background knowledge with you to everything you read. Your memories and experiences have a critical impact on how you understand and respond to what you read. • Activate what you know so that new ideas and information will “stick” in your existing storehouse of information.

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