University of Iowa

Leah Zimmermann, M.Ed.

Graduate Student Assistant

Recent Blog Posts

Teacher making copies for text sets

Filling the Gaps: Text Sets Build Background Knowledge and Improve Comprehension of Informational Texts

Consider the objective of the unit and what students already know, and then begin building a diverse set of texts for students to read.
Teacher showing students card

Keyword Mnemonics: A Strategy to Build Content-Specific Vocabulary and Unlock Informational Texts

Teach students to create keyword cards with mnemonics to help unlock and remember the definitions.
Teacher talking to students working in pairs

Repeated Reading with Goal Setting for Reading Fluency: Focusing on Reading Quality Rather Than Reading Speed

A reading fluency instructional approach involving practice with a partner and error correction.