Literature - teaching Reading

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  1. katrinkit

    katrinkit Comrade

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    When teaching reading - what skills do you find yourself focusing on? I don't mean literary terms/ideas, but actual reading skills like inference, questioning, using background knowledge, making connections, etc.

    I work in a private Catholic school where I don't believe the kids are ever taught to practice these skills while reading. The focus seems to be on teaching literary ideas (which I think are very important - don't misquote me). This, of course, is due to fitting in all the standards.
     
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    The skills reinforce each other, and should be taught that way.
     
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    Before each selection, we discuss the title and the topic, and I say, "Now, activate your schema and let's see what you can figure out between the lines!" Yes, even now at the college level.

    (Schema: the prior knowledge each person is 'bringing to the table.')

    By calling it 'schema' they think it's some big deal.

    Sherlock Holmes stories are excellent for inference, etc.
     

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