Each comprehension pack, single-session or multi-session, presents students with a leveled book to build incremental understanding of both the content and vocabulary in the text. Students' understanding is assessed using a variety of accompanying resources, including graphic organizers, games, and quick check assessments.
Why Use Comprehension Packs
Typically, students go through specific stages of development as they progress from nonreaders to fluent readers. Developmentally appropriate materials are critical at every stage of learning to ensure reading success.
In leveled reading, books are written to various levels of difficulty, gradually introducing readers to new challenges. The goal is to challenge students, without causing frustration, by giving them developmentally appropriate materials to read—materials they can read with 80 to 94 percent accuracy.
How to Use Comprehension Packs
Use this tutor handout for instructional tips on teaching comprehension skills.
- Print, assemble, and train the tutors on the use of each pack.
- Instructions contained in each pack have been specifically written for tutors from varying backgrounds and with varying experience working with students.
- Estimated time allotments are provided for each lesson step; tutors should follow the lesson sequence as outlined in each lesson plan.
- Specific resources used for each step are identified next to the instructions.
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