This recipe for a Think Aloud models to children how to use explicit comprehension strategies. This is a great way to show students exactly how a strategy is meant to be used, as simply telling them about it may not be effective.
INSTRUCTION: This link on the balance literacy diet website provides ideas for integrating comprehension activities into daily literacy centres.
ASSESSMENT: The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is a standardized test that can assess a student's level of reading comprehension. This is a useful tool, as it helps teachers to identify books and materials that are at their students' levels, to assess their progress throughout the year, and to be able to continuously adapt their materials and teaching to fit their needs.
UNDERSTANDING: The chapter on Text Comprehension Instruction informs educators about the 6 best practices to teach reading comprehension. This resource is excellent as they have identified the techniques that are most supported by research literature, and will help educators to check if their comprehension activities and resources are supported by sound academic research.
UNDERSTANDING: This module on Reading Rockets is a great resource to learn about reading comprehension. It covers in-depth research about best-practice, along with videos. I particularly like this resource because of the pre-test and post-test that helps you to assess your own learning as an educator.