Comprehending text is the ultimate goal of reading. For many students poor comprehension is actually a result of poor decoding. Once their decoding skills have improved, so too does their comprehension.
However, some students do need specific help to develop their comprehension skills and the Cracking the ABC Code Reading for Comprehension books have been developed for these students. It is a structured, comprehensive program, using a variety of texts and consists of 10 levels for students with a current comprehension age of 7 years through to 12 years. The difficulty and complexity of the activities increases as the student progresses through the reading levels.
The current research shows the importance of background knowledge in comprehending text. Consequently, each unit focuses on a specific topic. Key words are explicitly taught and then used in the texts and students are provided with different types of texts all related to the same topic.
Like all Cracking the ABC Code programs, the books are designed to significantly increase students’ reading comprehension skills in a relatively short-time frame.
Characterisation and setting
Identifying main idea and supporting details
Cause and effect
Interpreting figurative language
Determining purpose of text and tense
Identifying problems and solutions
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