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Comprehension

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Students Learn to Ask Questions Throughout the Reading Process

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This small group of students practice the comprehension strategy with success.

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Video: Asking Questions Throughout the Reading Process—Whole Group

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Readers must know and do these two things to use this strategy successfully.

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Introduce and Use Main Idea and Supporting Details to Determine Importance

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A complex strategy is made understandable and usable.

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Make a Picture or Mental Image Whole Group Video

Learn how to teach this strategy from Hollie, and have her teach your students.

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CAFE Strategy in Action: Recognize Literary Elements

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See a teacher show her student how to identify characters in a story (four-minute video).

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Small Group, Same Strategy, Different Levels and Books

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All three students read at a different level, are reading different books, and are working on the same strategy. Watch how it can be done.

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Recognize Literary Elements—Whole Group

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Watch this video with your students and Hollie will be your teacher.

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Literary Elements Introduced and Explained

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This lesson could be used to teach your students how to identify literary elements.

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Make a Picture or Mental Image: A Whole-Group Lesson

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Watch as Hollie teachs students this important strategy.

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Learning to Compare and Contrast

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Learning to compare and contrast is easier if we start with comparing.

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Who's Talking?—A Dialogue Lesson

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This lesson will help readers and writers understand and clarify which character is speaking. 

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Students Seem to Have Forgotten a Strategy. What to do?

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Have you found students unable to recall and use a strategy that was already taught? Here is a great way to retrieve that learning. 

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Tracking Our Thinking

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We want our students to be thoughtful learners who are aware of their own thinking, so we teach them to track their thinking as they read. 

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Ask Questions Throughout the Reading Process—Hollie Models

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Hollie Gebhardt models a strategy for students while modeling a lesson that is focused and brief for us.

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Recognizing Literary Elements—Small Group

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It's common for our students in a small group to be reading different books at varying levels. 

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Using the Read-aloud as the Mentor Text for Teaching Compare and Contrast

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Heather Macey introduces this complex strategy with a Venn diagram in a lesson that can be used with learners of any age. 

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Monitor and Fix Up–Assessment

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Readers must think while they are reading, constantly asking, "Does this make sense?" Here is the assessment for this strategy. 

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The Interactive CAFE Menu

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This is one of the most helpful resources on our website.

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Comprehension Check with Sitting Statues

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Suzi's class listens intently to the read aloud so they'll be prepared to show their comprehension by performing these creative representations.

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Make and Adjust Predictions; Use Text to Confirm–Assessment

Assessment

The following guide will help teachers assess student performance of the strategy.

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Use Main Idea and Supporting Details to Determine Importance–Assessment

Assessment

The following guide will assist teachers in assessing student performance of this strategy.

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Open-Ended Questions With My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

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Open-ended questions are valuable if we want to stimulate thinking and foster deeper understanding in our students.

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Compare and Contrast

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Joan teaches what key words to look for in order to compare and contrast when reading their own books, all to boost student comprehension.

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Introducing Monitor and Fix Up

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Here is a fun way to introduce the Monitor and Fix-up strategy.

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Compare and Contrast–A Visual Chart to Support Students

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Read how Stephanie Tjaden helps her sixth-grade students Compare and Contrast while boosting their writing abilities.

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