What’s Taught

Teachers use read-aloud trade books, articles, and selections for discussions, cooperative structures, guided practice, and Individualized Daily Reading to create a supportive community of readers. An optional Vocabulary supplement teaches strategies for unlocking word meanings.

The comprehension strategies and social skills, introduced where developmentally appropriate, are carefully sequenced to strengthen learning.

K | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Kindergarten

Strategies taught directly:
  • Retelling
  • Making connections/Using schema
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
Strategy taught informally:
  • Making inferences
Examples of social skills:
  • Learning and using classroom procedures
  • Speaking clearly
  • Taking turns
  • Appreciating and respecting one another’s ideas
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another

Grade 1

Strategies taught directly:
  • Retelling
  • Making connections/Using schema
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
Strategies taught informally:
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas
Examples of social skills:
  • Learning and using classroom procedures
  • Speaking clearly
  • Taking turns
  • Appreciating and respecting one another’s ideas
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking

Grade 2

Strategies taught directly:
  • Making connections/Using schema
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas 
Strategies taught informally:
  • Retelling
  • Summarizing
Examples of social skills:
  • Taking turns
  • Appreciating and respecting one another’s ideas
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking

Grade 3

Strategies taught directly:
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas
Strategies taught informally:
  • Making connections/Using schema
  • Summarizing
Examples of social skills:
  • Taking turns
  • Appreciating and respecting one another’s ideas
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking
  • Asking clarifying questions
  • Reaching agreement
  • Discussing opinions respectfully

Grade 4

Strategies taught directly:
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas
  • Summarizing
Strategies taught informally:
  • Making connections/Using schema
  • Summarizing
Examples of social skills:
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking
  • Asking clarifying questions
  • Reaching agreement
  • Discussing opinions respectfully
  • Confirming that they understood another person
  • Including one another
  • Contributing to group work

Grade 5

Strategies taught directly:
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas
  • Synthesizing
Strategy taught informally:
  • Making connections/Using schema
Examples of social skills:
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking
  • Asking clarifying questions
  • Reaching agreement
  • Discussing opinions respectfully
  • Confirming that they understood another person
  • Including one another
  • Contributing to group work
  • Giving and receiving feedback

Grade 6

Strategies taught directly:
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas
  • Synthesizing
Strategy taught informally:
  • Making connections/Using schema
Examples of social skills:
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking
  • Asking clarifying questions
  • Reaching agreement
  • Discussing opinions respectfully
  • Confirming that they understood another person
  • Including one another
  • Contributing to group work
  • Giving and receiving feedback

Grade 7

Strategies taught directly:
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas
  • Synthesizing
Strategy taught informally:
  • Making connections/Using schema
Examples of social skills:
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking
  • Asking clarifying questions
  • Reaching agreement
  • Discussing opinions respectfully
  • Confirming that they understood another person
  • Including one another
  • Contributing to group work
  • Giving and receiving feedback

Grade 8

Strategies taught directly:
  • Visualizing
  • Wondering/Questioning
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding text structure
  • Determining important ideas
  • Synthesizing
Strategy taught informally:
  • Making connections/Using schema
Examples of social skills:
  • Giving reasons to support thoughts and opinions
  • Talking and listening to one another
  • Using prompts to add to another person’s thinking
  • Asking clarifying questions
  • Reaching agreement
  • Discussing opinions respectfully
  • Confirming that they understood another person
  • Including one another
  • Contributing to group work
  • Giving and receiving feedback
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 K–8 comprehension strategies  |   K–8 social skills