The Key Comprehension Routine: Primary Grades (for students with learning disabilities)

Keys to Literacy Event

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The Key Comprehension Routine: Primary Grades teaches K-3 students basic comprehension skills using existing classroom materials. Teachers learn how to use oral language, visuals, and read-aloud to provide grade-appropriate instruction that can be incorporated during core reading and subject-area instruction. Adoption of The Key Comprehension Routine: Primary Grades across grades K-3 in a school provides a consistent set of introductory comprehension skills as students move from grade to grade.

This professional development offering consists of two days (11 hours) of training. If participants want to receive a 15 PDP certificate that meets the Massachusetts teacher certification requirement of 15 PDP's related to strategies for students with disabilities, and additional 4 hours of independent practice activities can be added. This professional development uses the content from The Key Comprehension Routine: Primary Grades and incorporates information about the learning needs that students with learning disabilities have with comprehension.

Training Description

  • Oral language: how to use oral language and a rich language environment in the classroom to improve listening comprehension, a necessary precursor for reading comprehension
  • Text structure — sentences: how to analyze text for read aloud and reading that contains complex sentences and how to build syntactic awareness
  • Text structure — paragraphs: how to use knowledge of paragraph structure to support comprehension
  • Text structure: building awareness of the difference between narrative and informational structures
  • Categorizing and main idea skills: expanding basic categorizing into main idea skills and identifying main ideas during read aloud and reading
  • Top-down topic webs: introduction to a flexible, foundational graphic organizer to organize verbal or written information
  • Two-column notes: introduction to a format that teaches the difference between main ideas and details
  • Retell and summary: using retell to organize and describe the events from a story, and using basic summary to analyze text to identify the most important ideas
  • Question generation: students learn that thinking can occur at different levels from easy to difficult through an introduction to question generation using Bloom’s Taxonomy

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Who Should Participate

All grades K-3 teachers, educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches, and elementary administrators.


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