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Revised Reading Comprehension Hacks List
Here’s the list. I’ve revised the categories to just one category. Really, it’s just about getting readers to identify something something in the text. See down below for the list.
Responses and inferencing
The other dimensions relate to:
- What kind of response you want them to give you.
- Multiple choice
- Forced choice (Yes/No, True/False)
- Complete the second half of the sentence.
- Whether they have to
- Infer the answer, or
- Find information that is explicit in the text.
There are a bunch of things you can ask your learners to identify in a text as part of a reading comprehension question – or series of questions. Here’s an incomplete list with the odd example. Identify…
- An object. E.g. “What’s in the picture?”
- A person or people. E.g. “Who is this?”, “What organization…?”
- Time. E.g. “When was the truck made?”, “How long should you leave X for?”
- A suggestion, recommendation, or advice. E.g. “What advice does she give for X?”
- An action. E.g. “What should he do?”
- A location or place E.g. “Where should you store the X?”
- The meaning of a word, sentence, or paragraph. E.g. “What does “X” mean?”
- If something is true or correct. E.g. “What is most likely to be included in X?”
- A particular situation or state of being. E.g. “This text is for people who…”
- A reason or cause. E.g. “Why is Damon such a good tutor?”
- A solution to a problem. E.g. “How can you get better results with X?”
- The correct second half of the sentence. E.g. “The ad promotes the size of its building to show that it is…”
- A summary or the gist of something. E.g. “What is this article about?”
- A step or steps in a sequence. E.g. “What should you do first?”
- Some aspect of formatting or typography. E.g. “Why is bold print used?”
- Some aspect of punctuation. E.g. “Why is “X” in quotation marks?
- The purpose of a text. E.g. “The purpose of the text is to…”
There’s probably more, but that’s more than enough for now. Also I’ll probably lay this up in a table and provide some more examples, but I don’t think WordPress can do all that.
Let me know in the comments if this is useful. I’m going to try it out on some unsuspecting tutors next week. If I design a chart for this I’ll post it as well.
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I can show you how to hack reading and listening comprehension. This will help you if you are a teacher, trainer, course writer or salesperson who relies on content.
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- How to write assessment items for any reading or spoken text
- How to structure your questions or assessment items so that they are easy to use with online platforms that allow you to write self-marking quizzes
- The difference between a question that relies on explicit knowledge versus a question that requires the reader to “infer” the answer
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What is Learner-Centred Teaching – 12 Concepts from Te Ao Māori You Should Embrace to Create Learning Success
Discover time-honoured approaches to learner-centred teaching
What if I told you that there were time-honoured approaches to teaching and learning you can use to create the conditions for learning success. Imagine if your teaching really connected with your learners… What if your classroom or training environment was a place where your learners felt like they belonged and wanted to learn?
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Have you ever thought about how to improve your teaching? Have you ever wondered what it takes to create learner success in any teaching environment? Well, you need three things. Make that four things… You need to:
- Understand what people mean when they talk about “learner-centred” teaching.
- Know how to leverage your learners’ prior knowledge.
- Have simple ways of increasing the motivation of your students.
- Know what learner agency is and how to develop it.
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How To Not Suck At Writing More Than 280 Characters
Learn strategies taught in university and college writing courses
So you can write 280 characters. So can a lot of people. But what happens beyond that? What happens if you want – or have to – write something longer?
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