If you teach reading, you know how important it is to measure your students' reading abilities. Without knowing what their reading levels are, it's impossible to plan lessons well. Furthermore, even within the same grade, there is usually a broad range of reading comprehension levels. Grouping students by level is crucial for implementing your reading comprehension lesson plans; otherwise, students who learn faster will be bored and students who learn more slowly will be frustrated. Small reading groups ensure that assignments fit students' needs, and students will be more likely to maintain a positive attitude toward reading.
Your reading comprehension lesson plans should include interesting material for your students to read. Obviously, if you can give them reading that they enjoy they usually will do much better with the material and find it more interesting. It might be a good idea to find out about each student's specific interests, and occasionally give students individualized reading assignments. While this requires some extra effort, it will make students feel special and increase their connection to the subject matter. With these reading materials you should provide questions, either on a worksheet or verbally, that will make sure that students comprehend what they are reading. Remind your students that reading as fast as they can will not help them answer the questions. Many students want to be done first, but speed is not as important as how much they comprehend. Think of these questions about reading as a conversation, and try to connect the material as much as possible to the students' lives and experiences. This should help them to see that reading isn't just something that grownups do (or don't do, depending on the example set by adults in their lives).
Be sure to include class discussions in your reading comprehension lesson plans . Often, discussion can help students be more aware of what they have read. Make sure in class discussions that everyone participates; this is another way to evaluate the success of your reading comprehension lesson plans. Always be sure to watch for any students who might be struggling in this area and offer them any extra help they may need. It's also a good idea to include a “read-aloud” time so that you can model good reading practices for students (such as correcting mistakes that you make as you read, sounding out words, and varying your reading tone and inflection). Even older students appreciate the entertainment of a teacher reading a good story to them. Remember to pause your read-aloud time at a dramatic moment or cliffhanger so that your students will want to hear more! This reinforces the idea that reading is a reward, not a chore.