As your child moves up through the grades, their class work relies increasingly on supplemental reading materials for content areas in addition to explicit teaching and lecturing. Good reading comprehension skills is what it’s all about, yet teaching reading comprehension strategies continues to receive little attention in the majority of classrooms despite the past thirty plus years of research that has provided proven strategies for students to improve their skills. Brooklyn Letters implements these strategies to advance reading comprehension skills for children and adolescents, at all levels.

Research has reveals that activities that strengthen reading comprehension include:

  • Predicting
  • Think-alouds (monitoring comprehension)
  • Constructing mental imagery of what is being read (i.e. mental imagery)
  • Summarizing
  • Answering questions about the text
  • Previewing text before reading
  • Constructing, revising and questioning meanings made while reading
  • Determining the meanings of unfamiliar words and concepts
  • Drawing from, comparing and integrating background knowledge with what is being read
  • Monitoring understanding and making adjustments as needed
  • Using different approaches to specific genres of text
  • Paying attention to characters and settings while reading narratives (e.g. understanding story and text structure)
  • Constructing and revising summaries while reading expository text
  • Using graphic and semantic organizers.

Explicit teaching, modeling and guided practice of these skills are crucial, particularly when a student’s reading comprehension skills lag behind their peers.

At Brooklyn Letters we make use of these strategies and tailor them to your child’s individual needs. We want your child to not only understand what he or she is reading, but to learn to love reading and appreciate the knowledge derived from it. Whether your child is young or an adolescent, we will take the appropriate steps to help him or her become a stronger and more confident reader.