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Morphology

Morphology and Reading

In terms of language, morphology is the study of words, how they are formed, and their relationship to other words in the same language: ‘Morph’=shape/form and ‘ology’=the study of. It includes the identification and analysis of stems, root words (often of Latin or Greek origin), prefixes (added to the front of words) and suffixes (added […]

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Killing Reading

Killing Reading

Although many hours each week are allocated to reading in a classroom, especially in the junior years, many students are not developing a love of reading or choosing reading as an out-of-school activity.  Classroom reading time is likely to include completing activities from textbooks or photocopied worksheets, perhaps doing a phonic related activity, vocabulary drills […]

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Six Strategies for Building Background Knowledge

The number one reason that students perform poorly on comprehension assessments is that they can’t decode (see for example Gentaz et al.’s 2013 research). So, teaching students how to decode (i.e., read) always needs to be the starting point. However, once students can actually read the words on a page, there is a growing body […]

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Question–Answer Relationships

    There are four key types of comprehension questions that students will encounter. Many students will find it useful if these questions types are explicitly taught and practised. Four Types of Questions: Right There Questions (Literal Questions): The answer to literal questions can be found by looking back in the text. Often the words used […]

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Developing Fluency

Fluent reading is defined as being able to read with speed and accuracy.  It is an important skill for all readers to develop as there is a direct correlation between fluency and comprehension.  Yet, fluency is a skill many struggling readers find difficult to develop. Developing fluency needs to be approached at multiple levels. Firstly, […]

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