Comprehension is the sum of all physical, mental and emotional processes that result in the creation of meaning from written material. Using research-based strategies for reading instruction, KMS reading teachers will help students develop and improve their capacity to perceive and understand the skills that enable them to read proficiently and meaningfully a variety of literary and informational grade-level materials. Students will reinforce their literal understanding of their reading and will continue to strengthen and develop the skills necessary for inferential and evaluative comprehension so that reading becomes a tool for the acquisition of information and a source of pleasure in the pursuit of personal interests.
KMS students will be able to demonstrate their understanding in the reading of grade-level literary and informational texts by:
- Finding the main idea
- Recalling facts and details
- Distinguishing between fact and opinion
- Finding the meaning of words through context
- Identifying author's purpose
- Recognizing the characteristics of genre
- Understanding sequence
- Recognizing cause and effect to explain
- Comparing and contrasting within and across texts
- Making logical predictions
- Making inferences
- Drawing conclusions
- Interpreting figurative language such as alliteration, dialogue, metaphors, simile, idioms, etc.
- Demonstrating their knowledge of literary elements such as theme, tone, conflict, and characterization
- Identifying and using structural elements that organize information or plot structures.
- Using visual information such as graphs, charts, and illustrations
- Summarizing and paraphrasing