Keywords help struggling teen readers

Secondary students struggling to read at grade level need help that doesn’t make them appear dumb or babyish. A tip I picked up from a textbook publisher can help.

Before you assign students to read a nonfiction passage, set them the goal of discovering the keyword in the passage. Be sure students understand that the keyword¬† may be just a single word or it might also be a phrase such as “raising goldfish” or “web applications for creating infographics.”

After students read the passage and correctly identify the keyword, have them identify at least three details that support their choice. You can use informal writing instead of oral responses if you wish.

Besides aiding reading comprehension, the technique helps students develop skills for research and writing.

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