Wednesday, January 18, 2012

KWL and Comprehension

Question: What is a popular strategy for improving students’ comprehension?

Answer/Quote: “ ‘K-W-L’ is one of the most ubiquitous acronyms in today’s elementary schools when it comes to reading comprehension instruction. The Know-Want to Know-Learn (K-W-L; Ogle, 1986) instructional techniques accesses students’ prior knowledge and prompts students to ask questions about an expository text. Then after reading, students reflect on what they have learned. The K-W-L is widely used across the grades and content areas.”

Comment: When I have used K-W-L, I have had students brainstorm what they know (K) about the topic of the assignment, raise questions about what they want to know about the topic from the assignment, and after reading the assignment to discuss what they have learned (L) about the topic from reading the assignment. RayS.

Title: “Comprehension and Authentic Reading: Putting the Power Back into K-W-L.” K Hilden and J Jones. Reading Today (December 2011/January 2012), 15-16.

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