The University of Iowa

Comprehension

Readers understand and make meaning from what they read

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Forming Opinions

By:  
Tracy Donohue

Posted on: June 14, 2016
A review of an Iowa Reading Research Center tool that helps children form and express opinions about what they are reading.

Making Inferences

By:  
Tracy Donohue

Posted on: April 28, 2016
An overview of the Iowa Reading Research Center's Making Inferences graphic organizer, a tool to help children organize their thoughts and make inferences.

Dialogic Reading: Part 2

By:  
Tracy Donohue

Posted on: March 31, 2016
How to help your child focus on important reading skills while discussing a text using the CROWD strategy.

Dialogic Reading for Families: Part 1

By:  
Tracy Donohue

Posted on: March 24, 2016
Use of the PEER strategy during read alouds to help children build vocabulary and make connections.

Universal Screening

By:  
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: January 6, 2016
An overview of universal screening for reading difficulties. What do assessments tell you? Why are all students tested? What are the differences between assessments? Includes info on FAST-CBM and FAST aReading.

Quality Instruction - Delivery of Instruction

By:  
Sally Huddle

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Last week we looked at increasing instructional quality through lesson design. We focused on using the components of explicit instruction to ensure students master the knowledge and skills necessary to become proficient readers. This week we will take a closer look at four big ideas that can help teachers to increase the quality of their instruction through delivery of instruction.