Five Key Components of Reading
Reading comprehension strategies that actually make sense.
The National Reading Panel recommends explicit, systematic instruction in five key areas: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Imagine Learning provides direct instruction in all of these areas, with an emphasis in comprehension and vocabulary. Struggling readers are taught comprehension strategies and shown how to answer literal, inferential, main idea, compare and contrast, and other types of questions. If they answer incorrectly, they are directed to information in the text that helps them find the correct answer. This instructive feedback teaches struggling students that self-discovery is an important aspect of comprehension.
- It all starts with
- paired text
- front-loaded vocabulary
- during reading questions
Common Core Standards
Our higher curriculum standard always makes the grade.
All students are expected to meet grade-level standards. But these standards can be difficult to assess accurately when students struggle to read grade-level text. Imagine Learning steps in and provides access to hundreds of activities created to address Common Core standards, specifically focusing on grammar, spelling, phonological awareness, text features, and literary and informational text. For example, students are taught how to use text features such as glossaries and section headings to comprehend informational text. Additionally, students learn how to compare and contrast informational and literary passages. Imagine Learning supports grade-level access by providing books and passages at varying levels (proficient, basic, and below basic). This allows students to access grade-level content written in a way they can understand and prepares them to meet Common Core standards.
- phonological awareness
- information and literary texts
Increased know-how. So students can read now.
Struggling students need to be exposed to a broad range of text types—particularly informational texts—to improve their reading ability. Imagine Learning helps struggling readers learn how to process informational texts by teaching them to use text features, such as tables of contents and indexes, to find the information they need. Leveled books in the program engage even the most reluctant readers, covering such cross-curricular topics as gravity, the scientific method, Ben Franklin’s life, and many other fun educational topics. To support comprehension, informational text passages include many support features, such as front-loaded vocabulary and clickable glossary words.
- A broad range of text types
- tables of contents
- leveled books