Interventions for Fundamental Factors That Affect Reading Comprehension


Listen to the full episode to hear fundamental reading comprehension strategies:

Getting students in upper elementary on grade level with their reading and comprehension skills can be challenging because there are so many factors and reasons why they’re lacking in that area. However, one of the biggest reasons is a lack of fundamental and foundational skills. I talked in last week’s episode about the different areas this can be found, but I want to go deeper into providing you with action steps you can take. So, in today’s episode, I’m sharing seven fundamental reading comprehension strategies you can implement in your classroom.

As I reference factors tied to foundational skills, I’m referring to vocabulary, decoding, background knowledge, fluency, text structure, engagement, and comprehension strategies. These fundamental challenges contribute to a student’s lack of reading skills. So in each of these areas, I discuss the fundamental reading comprehension strategies I would take action in to support students. I also provide examples of engaging and creative ways to implement in the areas of your literacy block. 

It’s our job as teachers to find ways to support our students in becoming successful readers. And even if they’re in upper elementary, that reason could be a lack of fundamental and foundational skills. But by identifying and incorporating fundamental reading comprehension strategies, you will be able to build an effective action plan and learning experiences that are fun and engaging for all of your students.

In this episode on fundamental reading comprehension strategies, I share:
  • A reminder of the factors or causes that are tied to foundational skills in reading
  • 7 fundamental challenges students might face and strategies to help support them in those areas
  • Why each strategy shared can be used for all students and in different areas of your literacy block
  • The importance of explicit teaching and modeling and why that’s still a necessary strategy in upper elementary
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Do you find yourself seeking new implementations when it comes to literacy instruction? Do you crave fresh ideas and engaging lessons to transform your students into skilled readers and writers? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to provide educators, like you, with actionable steps and strategies to improve teaching reading and writing. 

Your host, Megan Polk, is the creator and owner of The Literacy Dive, a company that creates educational, literacy curriculum that aims to close the gap and support children in reaching mastery. Being a literacy specialist and having over a decade of teaching grades K-5, Megan knows the power of collaboration and working alongside teachers and parents to provide them with the support, confidence, and resources they need to meet students where they are.

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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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