Reading Consumption vs. Reading Comprehension

Have you ever had a student who reads like the wind but struggles to remember anything from the text? Or, if they do remember anything, they are simply regurgitating facts and details? This is a case of reading consumption vs. reading comprehension and it’s time to unpack the reasons behind it.

True comprehension goes beyond remembering and repeating. It involves understanding the text on a deeper level and making inferences, connections, and analysis. On this inaugural episode of The Literacy Lounge, I share how to spot the difference between consumption and comprehension. Plus, you’ll gain strategies to finally foster students’ ability to make meaning and encourage critical thinking.

We’ll dive deeper into literacy foundation strategies in upcoming episodes of The Literacy Lounge. Don’t forget to follow or subscribe on your favorite listening app and write your review on Apple Podcasts!

Episode Highlights:

05:10 The difference between reading consumption and reading comprehension

06:52 What students actually need in order to comprehend a text

11:04  How we know when a student is consuming versus comprehending, and the importance of asking the right questions

13:36 – 5 key strategies that you can implement to promote comprehension 

17:11 Why we need to focus on teaching strategies versus skills

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Welcome to The Literacy Lounge!

This is a podcast designed for elementary school teachers and homeschool parents on a mission to master the art of literacy instruction and cultivate a love of reading in students. Join your host, Ciera Harris, as she opens the door to a world of transformative teaching strategies that will make you a literacy champion in your classroom.