Read in Small Chunks

Developing reading comprehension skills goes beyond simply reading a story at bedtime; it requires you to be much more engaged and interactive. It is best to stop reading after 1-2 pages to discuss what has happened so far, who is in the story, where the story is taking place, and what your student thinks might happen next.

  • Ask your student questions to evoke responses and promote engagement in the story.
  • If they don’t know the answer or seem confused, point to the text and/or pictures that give clues to how your question might be answered.
  • As you are going through the story or chapter, stop often and ask new questions as well as questions you have already asked to check for retention.
  • If the retention is poor, flip back to where you first discussed that item.

With this method, you may only get through a small section of the chapter or book, but that is okay if you are working on comprehension rather than fluency.

This is a wonderful thing to keep in mind when reading to your students! This can be an assessment tool to use WHILE reading to make sure that your students aren’t getting lost somewhere in the text.

James, J. (n.d.). Read in small chunks. Retrieved from National Dessemination Center for Children With Disabilities website:


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