What kinds of materials do you use for teaching reading comprehension? Do you try to connect materials to current events or other issues that students may identify with? Explain.
Do you agree or disagree with Combs’ use of a children’s book in an adult education classroom? Discuss.
How do you make reading a positive experience for your students?
How did Combs’ text selection help activate the students’ prior knowledge? What other kinds of reading materials help students make connections to things they already know?
What methods do you use to activate prior knowledge in other subject areas? For instance, do you connect math skills to everyday tasks like cooking, shopping, or budgeting? How does this help your students?