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As students progress through high school, it’s important for them to be able to determine the central idea of the reading as well as analyze how that idea evolves throughout the text. This includes being able to identify specific details in the text that aid in idea development and being able to objectively summarize the reading in one’s own words. Below, you’ll find three exercises that can be used to promote the development of these and other critical reading comprehension skills.
As high schoolers interact with more complex and detailed texts, being able to get an understanding of the general flow and direction of the reading is critical. To do so, model pre-reading to students in which you scan the headings, subheadings, pictures and illustrations, graphs, charts, and captions in a passage. This enables kids to have some background information on the subject before diving into the reading.
Many students confuse plot with theme, which serves as a barrier to mastering the skill of identifying the central idea of reading. In this activity, students learn the difference between plot (the series of events that occur in a story) and theme (the central idea, such as good conquering evil). Present readers with a variety of synopses of well-known stories (i.e., Little Red Riding Hood) and ask them to identify both the plot and the theme. Have readers work in partners or small groups to facilitate group learning and feedback from peers. The worksheets below will probably not be a good fit for this exercise. Try to use a book.
This activity focuses on skill-building as it pertains to summarize readings in one’s own words. Give students a short reading sample (i.e., 4-5 paragraphs) and ask that they recount the events of the passage in their own words. Challenge students to avoid merely copying what they’ve read, instead, ask them to extract overarching details to construct an objective summary of the reading. Modeling this activity for the class beforehand will go a long way in helping readers identify ways to utilize their own words when summarizing.
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Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 10th grade level.