Applying Reading Comprehension Strategies Unit Plan

Teach Starter Publishing
8 x lessons | Suitable for stages: 4 - 6

This English unit is designed to explicitly teach the reading comprehension strategies of activating prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, monitoring, predicting, inferring, visualising and summarising to upper primary students, with a focus on literary texts.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

These lessons may be taught as a complete unit of work, or they may be taught individually as stand-alone lessons.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to reflect their learning journey.

Objectives

  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of activating prior knowledge.
  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of making connections.
  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of questioning.
  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of monitoring.
  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of predicting.
  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of inferring.
  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of visualising.
  • To learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of summarising.

Preparing for Learning

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a reading comprehension strategies display in the classroom. Display posters and learning goals to stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning throughout the unit. To help the students remember the strategies they have learned, provide them with a Super Six Reading Comprehension Strategies Bookmark.  For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Super Six Comprehension Strategies collection on the Teach Starter website.

Ensure that the students have access to a range of literary texts in the classroom for the duration of the unit.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

Lessons

Curriculum

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