Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Reading Log For Better Reading Comprehension



Song:  Everything

Artist:  Helen Jane Long


This is one of Alex's weekly reading logs
(the last one for this year).

Although this book is one of his required readings for school...
and the reading log is also an assignment...
the idea of a reading log is such a great way to improve reading comprehension 
that it should also be used by homeschoolers.

Although Alex often reads for many hours a day...
for books which are assigned...
he only reads for thirty minutes a day.

He likes to read his leisure reading books for longer periods at a stretch.

When I had Alex read the novel 'Musashi'...
I had him read for thirty minutes at a time...
and then I had him outline what he had read.

I then asked him to synopsize what he had read...
and I asked for the percieved motives of each character...
as well as what he would have done in their stead.

I also asked what he thought would happen and why.

By keeping each reading comprehension practice session to thirty, or so, minutes long...
it allows a child to more fully digest the material.

If the child wishes...
he could always read for many hours a day...
so long as he takes a break every thirty minutes to 
analyize and log what he had read
(For reading comprehension practice).

For leisure reading...
we just let Alex read to his heart's content.






We have made great strides in Alex's reading comprehension at home
by having him analyze his reading material
(along with his school assignments).

Alex is also fortunate in having had great English teachers at his school...
along with having had a particularly talented Social Studies teacher last year
(and part of this year...until the teacher was reassigned to another grade level)
who had stressed imaginative and advanced writing for all of his assignments.

As a result...
Alex is much more relaxed in our discussions of his books.

Reading comprehension directly translates to better understanding 
of all a child's subjects.

A child cannot correctly answer a question on material he doesn't fully understand.

It is not enough to merely regurgitate material.

As a child moves up the educational ladder...
he will be asked to analyze material...
and then to apply the concepts to hypothetical or unrelated real life situations...
to correctly analyze past actions...and to predict future ones.

Through the analyzation of material read...
a child will learn about perspective and motives...
which then leads to more accurate predictions of human behavior...
and so...
a rational basis for the prediction of results for a certain set of circumstances
which have human interaction or involvement.








2 comments:

  1. We still have a lot to work on with my son's reading comprehension so it is good to get ideas like this.

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  2. This has really helped with Alex's reading comprehension. This, along with discussion of the story, is a winning combination.

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