Reading Instructional Strategies: Resources for Adult Educators

Expand/Collapse Reading Instructional Strategies: Resources for Adult Educators


This collection of video segments produced by KET provides resources for teaching reading in the adult education classroom. In this collection, you will find individual lessons tailored to teaching specific strategies such as questioning, repeated reading, and summarizing. You will also find suggestions for choosing texts that are appropriate and interesting for adult learners. Each resource contains a video clip accompanied by a printable background essay and suggested discussion questions.

In addition to videotaped segments from actual classroom settings, you will find interviews with the classroom teachers who discuss their lessons, their teaching approaches, and the philosophies behind their techniques.

  • Fluency

    In this video, viewers watch adult education instructor Tanya Johnson explaining and demonstrating fluency in reading. Fluent readers are able to read at a natural, conversational pace and derive meaning from what they are reading. Learners can improve their reading fluency by practicing techniques for more effective reading.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Summarizing: Pre-teaching

    In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs outlines a reading comprehension lesson and introduces some of the tools they will use, including summarizing. Describing a lesson explicitly to students is an important part of pre-teaching. Preparing students for the planned activities can increase their comfort level and willingness to participate.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Summarizing: Activating Prior Knowledge

    In this video, adult educator instructor Kay Combs helps students activate their prior knowledge about a text in order to summarize it and increase their reading comprehension. The students use what they already know to inform their understanding of new information in the reading.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Summarizing: Modeling

    In this video, adult educator instructor Kay Combs models summarizing a short text using a graphic organizer. Combs and the students complete a K-W-L chart, and answer who, what, when, where, and why questions about the text in order to summarize it. Once they are able to summarize by identifying those elements of the text, they have a better understanding of what they have read.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Summarizing

    In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs and students summarize a short text. She encourages them to collaborate and discuss the main ideas of the reading with the group. Combs asks her class to work together to answer who, what, when, where, and why questions about the text in order to summarize it.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Summarizing: Lesson Description

    In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs explains how a lesson in summarizing can help students with reading comprehension. Combs introduces the materials, helps the students activate their prior knowledge about the text, models summarizing using graphic organizers, and collaborates with students about the main ideas of the reading.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Choosing Texts

    In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs talks about why she chose to use a children’s book for a reading comprehension lesson.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Check for Understanding

    Adult education instructor Kay Combs explains how she checks her students’ understanding of a reading comprehension lesson.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Prediction and Inference: Pre-teaching

    In this video, Adult education instructor Kay Combs prepares students for a reading comprehension lesson. The lesson teaches students to use prediction and inference as they read.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Prediction and Inference: Modeling

    In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs models using prediction and inference as she reads. Predicting what comes next and actively trying to infer the author’s meaning can help readers understand and retain information.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Prediction and Inference: Guided Practice

    In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs and students practice the reading comprehension technique of using prediction and inference.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Fluency: Context Clues

    In this video, viewers watch adult education instructor Tanya Johnson explain that context is helpful when a dictionary is not available. She emphasizes the significance of the word “is” as a context clue in reading. Explaining that “is” means “equals,” she reads aloud to her learners to demonstrate how to effectively use the word “is” as a context clue. Context clues can help learners understand what they are reading.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Prediction and Inference: Lesson Description

    In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs explains how using prediction and inference techniques can help students with reading comprehension.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Fluency: Decoding

    In this video, viewers observe adult education instructor Tanya Johnson using memorization as a decoding technique. Decoding is an effective strategy for understanding individual words. Memorizing is a helpful approach to decoding words that are frequently used.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Fluency: Questioning

    In this video, viewers observe adult education instructor Tanya Johnson as she models how to ask questions based on the reading. She explains that questioning is a way of "talking" to the text and allowing the text to "talk back". Johnson challenges learners to demand the text make sense.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Fluency: Repeated Reading

    In this video, adult education instructor Tanya Johnson reads aloud and asks the class to read aloud, practicing repeated reading to understand a passage. Repeated reading improves fluency. Reading aloud to your learners models appropriate pace, tone and pronunciation.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Fluency: Entire Lesson

    In this video, adult education instructor Tanya Johnson teaches a lesson on fluency using each of these techniques: context clues, decoding, questioning, and repeated reading of a passage.

    These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+

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