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Improving Reading Comprehension

Reading is fun, isn't it? For some students, reading comes naturally, but for others, reading can be a challenge. At No Closed Roads Inc., we help students improve their reading comprehension skills at any grade level. Whether they're reading for English, science, or social studies, reading comprehension is a skill that all students need to become successful at school.

Independent Reading

Suppose your English teacher has given you time in class to do independent reading. You are struggling to find which book is right for you. This happens to everyone. Parents should encourage their children to visit their local library or their school's library and ask for help on which books are best for their grade levels.

Do you have a specific genre or book series that you like? Having a favorite genre or book series can help you decide which book you want to start reading. Of course, many books are written for different grade levels. For elementary school students, books will feature simple vocabulary and pictures that will bring words to life. This includes chapter books written for elementary school grades. For middle school students, there will be more chapter books and less pictures, meaning that in order to understand the words, students are encouraged to use their imaginations to picture the characters and setting. Some books will feature more vocabulary words. For high school students, there will be more complex themes and topics they will need to be aware of while reading. Many books written for high school will feature issues revolving around adolescence.

When you are doing independent reading, it is a good idea to write down notes as you read. Taking notes helps you understand the story better. You can write notes on the setting, the main characters, the themes, the conflict, new vocabulary words, and the solution. Make sure you have a notebook for independent reading; a notebook for independent reading helps you keep track of what books you've read and what notes you've written down. You can also write down vocabulary words and definitions that you've learned while reading your favorite book.

Reading a Textbook

If you have a reading assignment that comes from your school's textbook, this is harder. Many kids have trouble answering the textbook questions because some questions require you to make inferences, use details from the text to support your answer or use vocabulary words. If you're struggling with reading the textbook, No Closed Roads Inc. can help you.

The reading comprehension strategies also work with textbook reading. Again, taking notes helps many students. You should have a notebook for the textbook subject. As you read each chapter, take notes on the main ideas, the subheadings, and new vocabulary words. These notes can help you answer the textbook questions. If you are asked to make inferences, then you can use what you've learned from the reading and what you already know to come up with an answer. If there are any charts or tables within the chapter that you think are important, then copy the chart or table into your notes.

If your teacher allows it, use a highlighter to highlight important facts you need to know. Don't go all crazy with the bright colors; use a yellow highlighter for highlighting because it will make reading the text easier for you.

Asking for Help

If you don't understand what is being asked from the textbook or a piece of literary work, or if you have trouble reading, ask your teacher or a parent for help. They can help you understand the text better. Also, it would be helpful if you engage someone in a conversation on what you're reading; they will be interested to know what parts of the book you like, how you find the book interesting, and whether you would recommend the book to someone else.

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