Why This is Important
Comprehension is the ability to understand and critically think about a text. It is the purpose of skilled reading.
Goals for Strong Readers
- Ask and answer questions about a text.
- Retell the most important points and key details of a text.
- Make inferences and connections about a text.
After reading a text or story, ask your child to tell you his or her favorite part of the book and to think of any questions he or she might have after reading.
More Activities and Games
- Ask your child to read the title of a book and tell you what the title makes him or her think of – a movie, a television show, another story, or an event from their own life.
- Have your child read a story pausing every few pages to check his or her understanding of what is being read. Ask your child who, what, when, where, why, and how questions. If your child does not know, have him or her go back and reread.
- After reading the story, ask your child to retell what happened and give details about the main characters, the setting, and the major events.
- Encourage your child to retell the story in the correct sequence of events.
Ask your child to choose a text, book or story to read. Ask your child to write a letter to the main character in the text that includes the following:
- Your child tells the main character about his or her favorite and least favorite parts of the book.
- Your child discusses the problem in the story and gives his or her advice about a solution.
- Your child asks the character some questions that he or she might have after reading the book or story.
Have your child choose a non-fiction text or book to read. Discuss what your child already knows about the topic of the text or book and what he or she would like to learn from the text or book. Allow your child to read aloud to you and ask him or her to come up with test questions for you about the book. Let your child grade your test to see how well you did.
After reading a book or text, ask your child if he or she liked how the story ended. Ask your child to write or describe a different ending to the story. Encourage your child to think of a different ending that makes sense with the rest of the story.
After your child has read a non-fiction text, have him or her look online or in newspapers or magazines for more information on the book’s topic. Have your child write the additional facts found and share them with you.