In this video, adult education instruction Kay Combs guides her class through a reading lesson using prediction and inference. Predicting what comes next and actively trying to infer the author’s meaning can help readers understand and retain information.
Before the guided practice, Combs introduced the lesson, modeled using prediction and inference as she read, and began asking students to collaborate in order to understand the chosen text. During guided practice, one student reads and then Combs and the other students help him or her decipher that single line of text and make predictions about what will follow.
Learners can benefit greatly from a guided practice in which they receive immediate feedback and correction from their teacher and their classmates. This way, learners are better prepared to attempt the strategy on their own.
Do your students benefit from guided practice? Why or why not?
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?
In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs guides the class as they attempt to read using prediction and inference. Do you believe the students are better prepared to try this strategy independently? Why or why not?
How does using a graphic organizer help reading comprehension in this lesson?