In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs discusses a reading lesson that uses prediction and inference. Predicting what comes next and actively trying to infer the author’s meaning can help readers understand and retain information.
For this lesson, Combs introduced the materials, modeled using prediction and inference as she read, began asking students to collaborate, and finished with a guided practice session. Students used a graphic organizer to write down their predictions and thoughts after each sentence.
In this video, adult education instructor Kay Combs explains that she chose an article with difficult vocabulary words for her lesson on prediction and inference. How does this strategy help students practice reading comprehension?
Do you think using graphic organizers assists with reading comprehension or distracts from the text? Explain your answer.
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?