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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of March 12th

posted Mar 12, 2017, 10:28 AM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 6:31 PM ]

Tackling the Comprehension Demands of the New Standards 

In chapter 7 of Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, Jan provides a detailed, teacher-friendly explanation of the most effective comprehension strategies. With the increase in rigor associated with the new state standards, students are expected to apply comprehension strategies at earlier reading levels than what we were ever accustomed to. Younger children - and especially struggling readers - need instruction with comprehension strategies early on, so they can continue to build and strengthen their foundational reading skills. Readers at all levels need a toolbox of comprehension strategies to help them continue to be successful readers ~ Voila! ~ we have Jan’s comprehension scaffolding cards. They can be found in the appendix of The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, on this site’s Resources page, or you can purchase the Comprehension Card Box from Pioneer Valley Books ( 

In over 205 research studies, there is strong evidence that the teaching of the comprehension strategies impacts reading achievement (Shannon, 2010, So turn on your printer, grab your cardstock, and get ready to make your comprehension scaffolding cards – YOUR teacher toolbox for comprehension success!

Written by: Julie Allsworth, “Next Steps” Guided Reading Consultant,;