Comprehension teaches students to read, process and understand text

Comprehension strategies focus on teaching students to understand what they read rather than building skills on how to read or decode. While readers acquire some comprehension strategies informally, explicit or formal instruction in the application of comprehension strategies has been shown to be highly effective in enhancing understanding. Specific actions help students develop comprehension skills.

Working toward comprehension, MindPlay’s Virtual Reading Coach presents students with both expository and narrative texts that are selected randomly. The Comprehension library contains content-rich stories (levels K to 12) that are designed to be read in six minutes or less. Students read the stories and then answer questions to demonstrate their comprehension of the material.

Strategies for teaching Comprehension include:

  • introducing each of the 20 question stem types
  • providing 53 lessons to cover the stem types
  • modeling the skill for the student
  • students practicing the skill with coach’s support and independently
  • students practicing mastery-based activities independently

The Comprehension component provides more than 1,000 authentic literature stories that are decodable, high-interest stories. These stories are grade appropriate and reinforce each skill being taught. Both expository and narrative texts are provided at all grade levels.

The stories in MindPlay’s Comprehension module have been measured using The Lexile® Framework and Lexile®-To-Grade correspondence (MetaMetrics) that enables MindPlay to report both grade-level equivalencies and Lexile® measures for each story in the comprehension library.

Comprehension question types include the following areas, which are key to understanding texts: characters, comparing and contrasting, detecting author’s purpose, drawing conclusions, fact and opinion, following sequence of ideas, main idea, making inferences, mood, plot, predicting outcome, real or fantasy, recalling information and details, recognizing cause and effect, recognizing emotional reactions, setting and visualizing.

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