Reading comprehension is the key to analyzing primary and secondary documents, and answering texted-based multiple-choice questions. 
  1. Re-read guided notes, close readings, textbook, and primary and secondary documents for comprehension.
  2. Reading comprehension is the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning. 
  3. DO NOT Speed Read! It is impossible for most students to speed read a text, process it and understand its meaning. 
  4. Student should NOT be reading the assigned text to “just get it done”.
Active Reader Strategies 

Before Reading
  1. Focus on an essential question that the text helps answer 
  2. Preview the text to determine the topic and the text’s structure and purpose (e.g., argument, narrative, explanation) 
  3. Use the title and preview of the text to activate prior knowledge 
  4. Develop questions about the text and/or its topic that might be answered when reading 
During Reading
  1. Monitor reading to ensure comprehension 
  2. Answer questions developed before reading 
  3. Annotate the text with Post-it Notes for main ideas, answers to questions, interesting or surprising aspects of the text, and parts of it that are difficult to understand 
  4. Periodically stop and reflect on what’s being read and how it fits with prior knowledge and the other parts of the text 
After Reading
  1. Respond to questions developed before and during reading 
  2. Reflect on the text, what it means, and whether it supports or refutes prior ideas and understandings 
  3. Draw conclusions and devise generalizations 
  4. Make connections to other texts, key concepts, and overarching ideas 
  5. Discuss the text with peers to ensure understanding and have remaining questions answered