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Comprehension Strategies for Middle and Upper Grades 4-12/Flex Course

 

Do your good readers struggle to comprehend content area material? This online course focuses on strategies that help comprehension in the middle and upper grades. Content area reading becomes more difficult as students enter the middle grades. Typically students are not prepared to approach more sophisticated types of text and need specific skills and strategies to aid their comprehension. This course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, SQ3R, SEARCH, cloze procedure, maze technique, questioning techniques, text structure, guided comprehension, and self-assessment. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The strategies in the course will be extremely helpful to me. I am excited to get started. My students will never be bored!" - Donna Snyder

 

Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $144

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $374

 

Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading” by Tanny McGregor

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List

 

Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 74T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41476

Unit One

  • Focus on Comprehension: Putting Research into Action
  • Levels of Comprehension
  • Common Core Standards for Reading
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Focus Strategy: DRTA
  • Focus Strategy: SQ3R
  • Focus Strategy: SEARCH
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Cloze Procedure and Maze Technique
  • Questioning Levels and Techniques
  • How to Summarize Text
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Text Structure and Patterns of Organization
  • Focus on Nonfiction Text
  • Into-Through-Beyond Approach
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Assessment Through Retelling
  • Anticipation Guides
  • Guided Comprehension
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Introducing Mysteries
  • Self-Assessment of Comprehension
  • Selecting Young Adult Literature
  • Assignment #4: Design an anticipation guide and comprehension questions
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)