The Key Comprehension Routine: New Edition

by Joan Sedita | 1 | 2 Comments

Keys to Literacy is pleased to announce the availability of the new, 2015 edition of The Key Comprehension Routine: Grades 4-12 professional development book. This new edition is over 50 pages longer and includes expanded chapters related to text structure, main idea skills, and question generation.

For Literacy Lines blog followers who are familiar with this professional development program, you will find an updated graphic organizer in the new edition that visually presents the teacher and student routines using a square shape, as shown below.


Key Comp

The teaching routine includes teaching how awareness of text structure supports comprehension, using an I, We, You gradual release of responsibility model of instruction, teaching main idea skills, and integrating critical thinking along multiple levels of thinking represented in Bloom’s Taxonomy. These instructional practices are represented in the graphic around the outsides of the square.

The student routine includes learning how to use top-down topic webs, two-column notes, summarizing, and question generation as strategies to support comprehension. They are represented by the boxes in the square. The red arrows represent the connections among the four student comprehension strategies. That is, a topic web can be used to develop two-column notes, a summary, or questions. A set of two column notes can be used to generate a summary or questions.

Learn more about professional development for The Key Comprehension Routine.

Order the new edition of the book.

View free videos from professional development for the program on YouTube.

Find out more about the online professional development course for the program.

Joan Sedita

Joan Sedita is the founder of Keys to Literacy and author of the Keys to Literacy professional development programs. She is an experienced educator, nationally recognized speaker and teacher trainer. She has worked for over 35 years in the literacy education field and has presented to thousands of teachers and related professionals at schools, colleges, clinics, and professional conferences.

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  1. Eileen West

    Is Keys to Literacy an “Evidence Based” program?

    • Linda Neuenhaus

      Yes, all of the instructional practices in our PD is research-based. For a summary of research supporting each program, visit



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