Capstone/Dissertation Title

A framework for organizing specific comprehension strategies to support adolescent readers' understanding of expository texts in content area classes

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The R.E.A.D. Framework organizes thirty five specific comprehension strategies by the phases of reading. R.E.A.D. is an acronym, representing the four phases of reading: Recognize the purpose and Engage thinking include before reading strategies, Assign meaning and Adjust thinking includes during reading strategies, and Distribute meaning includes after reading strategies. Research based comprehension techniques such as accessing background knowledge, making inferences and predictions, making connections, asking questions, synthesizing, monitoring for understanding and repairing confusion, visualization, and determining importance are combined within the strategies presented in the R.E.A.D. Framework. Upon having learned these strategies through explicit instruction, modeling, and guided practice in a guided reading setting, adolescents have the opportunity to use the R.E.A.D. Framework as they seek to understand expository texts within their content area classes.

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